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Font - Limit the number of fonts you use in your designs.  It is best to set a "Brand" standard of 3 fonts; one for Headers, one for subheaders, and one for text blocks.  Fonts can add a mood to your design so you need to consider them as part of your overall design.  Think of fonts in 3 basic groups; Serif fonts, Sans-Serif fonts, and Decorative fonts. Decorative fonts can lend some design to your project, just do not use too many.  Canva has thousands of Fonts to choose from and you can also upload fonts with the Canva for Work accounts.

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Placement - Alignment, Hierarchy, Proximity and Balance all deal with the placement of elements in your design. You need to think about Alignment; will your text and images be centered? Left justified?  With Hierarchy you need to make sure your main message (or image) is the largest part of your design, and additional information will get less important placement (or size). Proximity; how close together are the elements placed? when placed very close together they can be difficult to read and if they are unrelated they can be confusing make sure to put like information together. Balance; visually you will want your design to have balance, every element has a visual weight and you need to make sure that your designs are visually balanced.

Space - Space falls somewhere between placement (hierarchy) and contrast. Space both separates and connects elements of your design.  Every design should have enough "white space" (the area around your elements) to offer your eyes a place to rest before moving onto the next element.  The appropriate use of space  can create a hierarchy to  your design.

Repetition - Using elements (such as color, font, image) over and over creates repetition which in turn creates familiarity.  Branding a logo or look will help everything that comes from your library to look like one cohesive element.  Even simple borders of the same design and color can create repetition in your designs to show that all signage is consistent.

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Color - Limit the number of colors you use in a design. Too many colors can overwhelm your viewer. Think of how this will be used and if it will be used with or near something else.  Take into consideration your library's or school's colors and what will complement those colors. When you are thinking of color, also consider intensity; this is where a little color can go along way.  Color can also convey a feeling or mood; Red makes you angry, orange leads towards hunger, green is clean and natural.  Make sure to think about your colors before you design.

Contrast - Along with color is contrast, the variation between light and dark or contrasting colors (purple and yellow for example). You will want enough contrast to be visually interesting but not so much it makes your eyes tired looking at it.  This is something in particular to think about with text; putting white text on black background is high contrast but can be hard to read, where as putting yellow text on a white background is low contrast and will also be hard to read. Make sure to make backgrounds "transparent" so they do not overwhelm your text or other elements.

Canva Color Wheel from Tutorial

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