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Backgrounds

The Background in Web & Graphic Design

R Proffitt
by Richard Proffitt
iopan design

Backgrounds are often refered to by graphic designers as the 'Ground' or 'Space' on which to build — this may seem to belittle the background on first hearing, but don't be mistaken: The ground on which you build your other elements is of primary importance in contextualising your final composition.

Choose Carefully

Choose wisely and with care and attention as your background shall powerfully influence the images or layout style of the subsequent work. Beware the common mistakes of novice designers who's backgrounds can overpower the rest of their composition – leading to poor interpretation and mixed messages. As a general rule of thumb: Keep it Simple.

Backgrounds and Design Goals

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A Blurred Image

If you're being a little bit non-committal; but would still like to assert: “Yes, an appropriate image will go here at some time” then simply add the ubiquitous blurred background image. It says a lot without saying anything and provides visual interest where there was none!

Varieties of Popular Backgrounds

It is not suprising that the most favoured background choices always include examples of the subtle abstract and subtle natural genres. They are pleasing to the eye, require little or no active interpretation and are non-specific enough to accommodate any middleground or foreground. Also, they assist in breaking up the conformity of the image, preventing it from appearing overly stark, underworked or ‘unfinished’.

  • Subtle Dark Backgrounds
  • Subtle Light Backgrounds
  • Gradient Backgrounds
  • Blurred Backgrounds
  • Bokeh Backgrounds
  • Geometric Patterns
  • Natural Textures
  • CSS Pattern Backgrounds
  • Picture Backgrounds
  • Animated Backgrounds
  • Video Backgrounds
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Subtle Dark Backgrounds

These dark backgrounds have been collected mainly from two popular sources, they are: BLAH & BLAH. Links to the original files can be found on hover or tap.

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Binding Dark

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Black Denim

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Black Paper

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Black Thread

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Black Mamba

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Carbon Fibre

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Dark Cardboard

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Dark Concrete

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Dark Coverbook

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Dark Fabric

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Dark Geometric

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Dark Hardback

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Dark Softcloth

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Dark Suede

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Dark Wall

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Dark Wood

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Minimalist 01

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Minimalist 02

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Minimalist 03

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Minimalist 04

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Minimalist 05

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Use Your Illusion

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Subtle Light Backgrounds

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