Visual Architecture: The Rule of Three

[picked this gem up from eleganthack] Digital Web Magazine's feature, Visual Architecture, discusses the relation of image, word, and composition to suggest how to effectively communicate messages visually. The interaction of objects in a pyramidal composition carries a concept often used in painting over to design. The pyramid is used to convey stability while directing the eye around the corners of the composition. A classic example of this is Leonardo's Virgin of the Rocks in the Louvre. Carole Guevin does a nice job of showing how to use triangular composition, dynamic placement, and color to achieve similar effects.