This chapter introduces the concepts of composition, general compositional
elements and their effects, and the differences in compositions between
pictures, photographs, text pages, and engineering drawings. The success of
imagery in all methods and media depends upon strong composition. No
hard and fast rules direct what combination of compositional elements works
for each situation.
Composition is one of the most important aspects of the DM rate. All of the
talent in the world cannot compensate for poorly designed drawings. Poor
compositions fail to communicate or, worse yet, miscommunicate. In todays
electronic age, computers do not possess human-like perception in aesthetics.
As yet, fundamentals of composition cannot be digitized into cookbook
formulas and programmed into a microchip for computer emulation. High-
end computer graphics systems still require input from a human with
knowledge of compositional principles. It is important to learn the subtle
differences between media formats and compositional presentations.