Abstract design expresses ideas or feelings that tend to differ from what's normally found in physical form. Symbolic design communicates an idea or feeling with designs that may be realistic, decorative or abstract.
AbstractAbstract design visualizes and creates things that may not exist in the physical world using cognitive processes such as imagination, logic or emotion. This typically results in radical designs. People tend to associate abstract design with minimalism but it can take any form and is often decorative.
SymbolicSymbolic design is about communicating an idea, entity or emotion. Symbols such as company logos may be designed to be easy to interpret and recognize. In some cases, symbolic design is intended to be difficult to read out of a sense of secrecy, mystery or danger. Either way, symbolic designs often rely on analogy.
Designs that expressing thoughts and emotions without reference to the physical world.
Designs that communicate visually often using analogy.
This is the complete list of articles we have written about design.
If you enjoyed this page, please consider bookmarking Simplicable.
A list of design thinking techniques with examples.
A definition of silent design with a few examples.
An overview of design driven organizations, development and innovation.
A list of common creative thinking techniques.
The common types of design innovation.
The definition of speculative design with examples.
The definition of design fiction with examples.
An overview of critical thinking with examples.
The definition of visual thinking with examples.
The definition of abstract concept with examples.
A comprehensive guide to design.
An overview of color theory.
The difference between layout and composition.
The difference between modeless and contextual user interfaces explained.
A list of common types of design.
The steps in a design process.
The common types of design quality.
A definition of universal design with examples.
A definition of sensory design with examples.
An overview of emotional design.
The definition of elegance with examples.
TrendingThe most popular articles on Simplicable in the past day.
Recent posts or updates on Simplicable.
© 2010-2023 Simplicable. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of materials found on this site, in any form, without explicit permission is prohibited.
View credits & copyrights or citation information for this page.