The Universal Principle of Design I thought I would explore today is Symmetry. Symmetry for me is used to create balance and harmony in a design.
Mandalas, Kailediscopes and Nature provide excellent examples of Symmetry. Take a look at some of these at http://www.pinterest.com/nvwmcg/symmetry/
There are three types of symmetry:
1) Reflection: mirroring around an axis or central line
2) Rotation: at any angle around a centre point
3) Translation: a basic orientation of the element is maintained over any distance or direction
How does symmetry play out in webdesign? Here are some examples:
Symmetry in Design: http://sixrevisions.com/web_design/symmetry-design/
25 examples of symmetry in web design http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/07/25-examples-of-symmetry-in-web-design/
When designing I find I am subconsciously looking to balance the site or page by using these techniques of symmetry. It helps to create a clean, balanced and aesthetically pleasing piece to view.