Contrast vs. Emphasis?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by kat.hayes, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2011
    When trying to make an element stand out whether it is typography or a graphic element using color, scale, value, etc. to draw emphasis to it, from a graphic designer's terminology point of view, is this the same thing as contrast?

    Are the concepts of emphasis and contrast essentially the same thing OR are there some differences?

  2. macrumors 65816


    Mar 22, 2010
    I do see them as being different. Emphasis can be gained simply by surrounding a item with empty space.


    While I suppose you could consider that contrast ... emptiness vs. object ... I still see them as being different components of the design solution.

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