The designer combines visual materials-words, pictures and other representations into a specific visual-verbal gestalt that a specific audience can understand. The graphic designer is simultaneously message maker and form builder. This complex task involves the need to know HOW to form and intricate communications message while building a cohesive composition that gains order and clarity from the relationships between the elements (or parts).
The designer needs to infuse content with resonance to engage his/her audience.
Every representation—from a small period at the end of a sentence to a logo to the most complex color photograph-has a dual existence. It is an optical phenomenon with visual properties, and it is an communicative signal that functions with other signals to form a message.