Why should I use lines?
Used on their own:
Lines help organise a page by separating or grouping content and sections. They can be used for emphasis or make a statement. For example a vertical line alongside a quote. They can be used to guide a user to specific parts of a page or content. Lines convey meaning. For example: A dotted line on a coupon could suggest that a user ‘Tears along the dotted line’. Lines can be used to define shapes. Used as part of another graphic element: Lines can be used to add texture.
They create movement:
Varied line thickness creates the illusion of shape and movement. Lines can be used to convey depth.
Types of lines
Lines on their own:
- Vertical lines
- Horizontal lines
- Diagonal lines
- Zig-zag line
- Curved lines
- Intersecting lines
- Perpendicular lines
- Parallel lines
- Long dash
- Dash dotted
- Medium dash
- Dash with two dots
- Short dash
- Dash with three dots
- Horizontal lines indicate a sense of rest.
- Vertical lines are seen as tall and serious.
- Horizontal and vertical lines used together convey structure and represent stability.
- Diagonal lines move the eye in a direction and indicate movement and fluidity.
- Shallow curves are relaxing, while deep curves convey friction.
- Diagonal lines with abrupt changes of direction add chaos to a design but also conveys a sense of energy to the design.
How to Use Lines in Design
How To Use Lines To Create An Impact In Graphic Design
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