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Design Aesthetic Foundations Principles Harmony, Contrast, and Emphasis

858 Points

Should I do design foundations, or Aesthetic foundations first?

I'm not sure which would be a better starting point, I'm going with aesthetics right now because it seems more basic. although, I haven't tried out design foundations.

5 Answers

Calvin Nix
Calvin Nix
43,828 Points

Aesthetic foundations is a great place to start. It gives you a great understanding of how there are so many little things that come together to make a design great. I would definitely recommend to stick with Aesthetic foundations as your starting point.

But going along with what Zack said, as long as you complete both you should be fine. :)

Zack Taylor
Zack Taylor
9,021 Points

I really dont think it matters. As long as you complete them both your then have a good understanding of both subjects. :D Good luck on your journey Samarth.

Robert Bloom
Robert Bloom
1,262 Points

Design Foundations has four parts:

  1. Introduction to Design
  2. Understanding Aesthetics
  3. Becoming a Problem Solver
  4. Design Foundations Final (a comprehensive quiz)

Understanding Aesthetics and Aesthetic Foundations pretty much cover the same material.

Understanding Aesthetics does a better job of visually explaining the elements and principles, while Aesthetic Foundations does a better job of explaining their application through examples of real websites, and goes into color more, including how to mix color.

I would recommend watching the first two parts of Design Foundations, switching to watch Aesthetic Foundations, then resuming the last two parts of Design Foundations.

I would recommend that you not do Design Foundations. All they did was throw out design topics with no real-world examples, making it easily forgettable. I know that this course is older but it appears to be better than the Design Foundations, maybe partly due to Nick Pettit being the teacher.