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Round and Round and Round

In graphic design, the most beloved shape is the circle. It could be a form of how text is structured, where the words are formatted in the shape of a circle around a graphic, or the entire logo could be contained within the shape. What about the round beauty makes it so appealing? Perhaps the complete evenness of the shape’s perimeter or the lack of corners and edges. The circle’s effectiveness is in its simplicity. Patterns of circles are also more popular than other repeated shapes such as rectangles and triangles. Polka dots have been given their own label. What are repeated square and triangle’s called? I don’t think there are any names, and it’s clear why. There is no competition, circles are the dominant shape in graphic design. Or perhaps I’m wrong about this. What do I know, I’m just someone with an opinion, and not even a designer.

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  1. Nicole Judge wrote:

    Think that designs with rounded edges are becoming more popular, especially in logos. I feel like this may be related to the pleasing look of circles. It’s definitely something we don’t think about often.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6:18 pm | Permalink
  2. Dantee Benton wrote:

    I agree with Nicoles comment that circles are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Perhaps it harkens back to childhood. The easiest shape for a child to draw is a circle. Also, using the golden ratio, circles have become an everyday part of design.

    Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:37 am | Permalink