3 Steps in the  Creative Process
Find a Creative Idea
Select Technique or Method
Organize the Areas of Your Space

1. Idea Selection:
What are you trying to express? What is the theme? What is the purpose or meaning to the world.

2. The Medium or Method of expression:
What technical skills are needed to bring the form into being.

3. Design: The Plan or Composition.
Integration of the parts in such a way as to create variety and unity.
Allowing the meaning and purpose of the work to find its best expression.

The Visual Elements
Design builds on Visual Qualities that make up any visible thing.

Space Line Shape or  Form Texture  Tone  Color Mass    Contour   Illumination        

The visual elements do not occur alone but are inter-related.
The visual elements do not occur alone but are inter-related.
The visual elements do not occur alone but are inter-related.

The Design Principles
There are  two aims of design, they are:
Form follows function.  AND   Variety in Unity

Design Elements:
Design elements are descriptive of the effects which happen when visual elements are placed together in any particular way.

Contrast:  The difference which happens when two or more elements are compared.
Movement:  The apparent direction that the eye will take when viewing the forms and elements in their space.

Rhythm:  The effect of units repeating at a particular rate or interval.

Dominance: The apparent emphasis of one form or color or another element.

Opposition: One movement or direction meets an opposing movement (vector.)

Confusion:  Two many different forms or directions: It produces a general strangeness or lack of clarity in a composition.

Field: The space that surrounds or encapsulates a certain form.

Quality: The essential type which characterizes an element. such as, line quality: curving, angular, energetic, textured, colored, heavy, etc.

Repetition: The repeating of any element.  A certain element is repeated, such as, vertical lines; rounded forms; the color brown, etc.

Alternation: A sequence in which two or more elements are repeated in a sequence.

Inversion: The mirror image of a form or a negative version in repetition.