Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Not On The Edge


This is an asterisk I made, but did not use in the final Asterisk quilt. I'm sure it will find a home somewhere.

I am finished my preliminary version of the Asterisk tutorial. Now it is in the hands of my crack team of proofreaders. I'll piss and moan when I receive their comments, and then I will very likely implement every single one of them. My tutes are good, but with their suggestions they get so much better. 

 Last week Gail asked if I had considered placing an asterisk along the very edge of the quilt, to suggest that it was really flying away. It's one of those things that SOUNDS like it would work, but it's actually an example of bad design. 

Why? Because you should never have an area of high contrast along the edge of your quilt (or picture.) Why not? Because it will attract the viewer's eye and lead it right OUT of the quilt or the picture. You do NOT want that. Good design grabs the viewer's eye and leads it around to what the Artist wants it to see. (YES, that IS being sneakily manipulative, but not as bad as say, - advertising - or - propaganda.

1 comment:

Mickey's Musings said...

Good point and also true!