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Atlantis > Unity and Symbolism

Unity and Symbolism

Atlantis is a strong example of using design elements to create a mood, as Davis intended. According to the Greek philosopher Plato, Atlantis is a lost island that sank into the sea ages ago. The rust-flecked spiral shell and classical stone statues and columns in the header certainly evoke the ancient and worn feeling surrounding the legend, and the deep blues and black bring to mind the lower light levels of deep water. By choosing imagery and color ahead of time, Davis ensured that his design remained true to its inspiration.

Consistency

The shell was color-adjusted to merge with the collage behind it, and its edges were softened in Adobe Photoshop to further blend into the overall header image. But without tonally shifting the entire shell to a blue color range, Davis has left behind sufficient rust tones to provide some welcome color contrast (FIGURE 5). A consistent blue across the entire design would have reinforced the mood with far too heavy a hand (FIGURE 6).


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