The Seven Elements of Design – Part III – Form

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.”

Genesis 1:1-2

Form or shape could really be considered the very first element of design ever to be used. First there was nothing and then there was something. As soon as something exists, form exists. Something cannot exist without form. Everything has a shape whether we can define it with words or not.

It would be foolish to deny the fact that there is design involved in every form. As I look at the objects surrounding me on my workspace, I have to realise that every single thing had to be designed by some one or some thing. Objects don’t just design themselves. We cannot think about something and expect it to create itself, nor can we expect to get everything perfect on the first go. Design is a process.

When I think of form, I think of clay. A potter can’t just envision a vase in his head and then it appears in his kiln. It takes time. How much time will this take? It takes planning. How much clay is needed? What kind of clay is needed? What tools are required? Colour? Size? All these questions come into play, but without form, they are all void. There is nothing to apply them to without a shape. Something tangible.

Design cannot exist without form and all form has to start somewhere. Think about it next time you’re working on a project. Next time you see something interesting. Wonder where it the form originated. The answers may surprise you!



Romans 8:38-39Nor is not a word that is common in our every day language. It seems almost archaic in our text-savvy world. We’re all about the new and innovative. The next big thing. The new phone. The new OS. This word nor has become as obsolete as the iPhone 4.

As I was creating the graphic above, I couldn’t help but notice how many times the word nor appears. How many people can say that death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from anything let alone God?

It all comes down to commitment. How much are you willing to do to protect what you really believe in? How many nors come before your commitment if any at all?



I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief;  and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.”

~ I Timothy 1:12-14 (NASB)

With school over and work to begin, life gets scary. You go from having constant work and deadlines to no work and free time. You think you knew it all leaving school and leave confident that you will have all you ever dreamed of while zoning out during a lecture on resume writing. And then reality sets in.

It’s not that life gets better or worse once you leave the safety of the classroom. It’s that it’s different. You realise that, even though the Dean says you’ve been given all the tools you need to succeed in your selected career path, all you really have is what’s (hopefully) left of your sanity and a few skills to get you started down a long road.

School ended in September. Graduation was last week. It’s taken me this long to take my first few faltering steps into the great unknown as a freelance graphic designer. It took a shove from my career advisor and a few stern words from my mother, but here I go. Off earning my keep doing something I love to do.

And in all of that, I’ve attached my reminder that the grace of God is more than abundant.  The NIV says “The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly”. In all my work, all my successes and even failures, if the grace of God was more than enough for the apostle Paul, it is more than enough for  me.