What is Graphic Design - Part I

by Jim Zuckerman

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So What IS Graphic Design, Anyway?

Rather than use words to answer this, I wanted to clarify the concept by showing examples and make it easy for everyone to understand what I mean.

The truth is that it's not difficult to show good examples of graphic design in photographs. I can present to you countless beautiful images with perfect compositions and with subjects that have striking or compelling shapes. The hard part is to go out in the woods, or the desert, or a city and find graphic designs that are great. The world is, after all, a compositional mess. There are rocks, mountains, buildings, dirt, bushes, branches, and man-made objects all over the place. It's our job as photographers to make sense of it, to find in all the visual chaos a design that is artistic and pleasing.

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This will be the first part in a five-part series. The first four parts will be examples of what I consider excellent graphic designs. In Part One, I will show nature. In subsequent parts, I will show compelling graphic designs in wildlife, cities and architecture, and people. The last part will be examples of graphic designs that, in my opinion, fail for one reason or another. In this way, you can compare the good, the bad, and the ugly, so to speak, and hopefully this will give you a sense of what to look for as you shoot.

The following five pictures have strong graphic designs. The shapes of the components are beautiful, and they have a compelling artistic composition.


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