Dominant/Subordinate

Dominant-Subordinate Creates a relative level of interest and emphasis among all design elements and principles.
Dominant=primary; subordinate=secondary.
 Helps to establish a visual hierarchy: what the viewer will see 1st, 2nd, etc.
Applies to all design elements and principles. Color-wise, this page is dominantly white and subordinately black, subordinately red and subordinately brown.
Many great compositions have one clearly dominant direction or sense of movement.
Many confusing compositions have multiple dominant directions or dominant movements.
 Compositions with the most dynamic structure not only have one clearly dominant direction, they also have at least one clearlsubordinate direction.

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