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Graphic Greats 5: Unusual Lines


Text as a line ... unusual and eye catching. Images © Andy Mayer.

Andy Mayer
Here we have some powerful placement of regular lines, but I selected this site because text was used as a line. The vertical text is used to define the area on the left of the photo and balances the longer line to the right (see the close-up at the right here). So simple when you see it completed, but simplicity can be the hardest style to achieve. This site does it very, very well, and is most amazing when you consider it is a personal site.



How many varieties of “photos as lines” can you find? This site indicates that maybe there is no limit. Images © One Stop San Francisco.

One Stop San Francisco
There is some nice, traditional line work on this site. However, it is not the line use that caught my attention as much as the way small photographs were grouped and used as lines.

I suppose technically, a line of photos is not a line at all. But when photos perform as a line, direct the eye, increase the graphic interest in the page without taking up much visual weight or distracting from the message ... I tend to think ... line!

The One Stop site has a wonderful and eclectic presentation of the photos on each page, but the overall narrow rectangular shape is repeated and that provides the consistency.

When you think of the power of lines in design, add the phrase “in a line” to your pondering. You may be able to come up with a theme for a series of objects that achieves all the benefits of a line, but advances your message. The one stop site is a place for people to gather – they have managed to fit in a very large number of images for people to identify with into a small area. Great design!






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Created: Mar. 8, 2000
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