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Elias Serrano

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What Music Has Taught Me About Design

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What Music Has Taught Me About Design

Learning music at a young age taught me how to organize ideas & form concepts.
Here's how I process it.

The basics
In most popular music, the basic structure of a song is made of measures. Tap 4 times = I measure (I bar).
4 beats makes I measure. From this point, we can build the foundation of a song

Usage of space
Just like in any composition, the space between each beat will determine the tempo of a song.
Space in design allows objects to breathe. Whatever fills that empty area, needs to add value to the whole composition.

Rhythm & Repetition
The tempo sets the speed of a song & helps build repetitive patterns like rhythms, riffs & melodies.
The same applies to design. Create repetitive patterns within guidelines & layout structures lets you be consistent.

Layers
In a recording studio, each instrument is part of a soundtrack. When instruments are played together, they create harmonies.
Soundtracks work similarly to layers in design tools. They let you combine different elements & styles together to form one composition.

Music is an assembly of different elements played together to create new & compelling sounds.

Lessons learned

  • Give your canvas some space to breath
  • Be consistent through your designs
  • Follow the tempo (guidelines)
  • Learn the rules before breaking them
  • Each layer needs to play an important role
  • Use repetition as much as you can
  • Experiment. have fun & try new things

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