Shapes are the basic building blocks of everything you see. The importance of shapes fundamentally reveals how you understand the world. They are so universal that most visual artists first learn how to draw using shapes or how to break down images into geometric components. But shapes are more than just practical, constructive tools. Their meaning enables designers to communicate visually.

Shapes are to be taken seriously

As you can see, basic shapes are extremely useful. They are versatile tools that designers need to know how to use. If you underestimate the importance of shapes, not only do you risk neglecting on their communicative influence. You could also inadvertently create meanings and messages that don’t match your design’s vision.

Understanding the meaning of shapes is only the first step. Using these meanings consistently, skillfully, and effectively along with other design elements takes time and practice.