This very cool post at Aviary is about understanding how a solid foundation is the... foundation of good design. His concept, which he communicates using cartoon characters as examples, should resonate with students' experiences in a discussion of compositional elements. From the article:

Our eyes strip down everything we see into its most basic elements on a daily basis without even thinking about it. Mickey Mouse isn't a mouse who wears red shorts. Our mind remembers him as a circle with two smaller circles on top.


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