This project examines the influence of color theory and its application, as well as the impact of typography, imagery, and layout, within print design by discussing how these elements affect an audience’s emotional response. A culmination of research explains how and why different colors have a direct effect on a person’s emotion, and how/why they can produce specific outcomes if manipulated correctly in relation to their context. Distinctive colors and color groupings affect audiences differently and specific examples of such are discussed including: blue, red, yellow, orange, green, violet, white, black, browns, warm/cool, light/dark, etc. Typography, when used appropriately can communicate a pointed and effective message to viewers, while imagery is recognized to make a person feel connected, repulsed, or fascinated by a subject. These elements together form the layout of print design, and principles such as the gestalt theory explain that the factors’ placement and arrangement can cause a viewer’s mind to formulate associations. Understanding the psychology of these elements allow a designer the ability to manipulate an audience’s reaction to a design, advertisement, or artwork. Taking this research into account, posters were designed utilizing these elements and exemplifying how the desired psychological response is attained.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2013


Ida Kumoji-Ankrah

Mentor Department Affiliation

Art and Design

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Art and Design

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Figure 1 - Body Image

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Figure 2 - Censorship

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Figure 3 - Adoption

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Figure 4 - Abuse

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Figure 5 - Weapon Safety

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Figure 6 - Literacy

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Figure 7 - Education

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Figure 8 - Family Values

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Figure 9 - Going 'Green'

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Figure 10 - Smoking

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Figure 11 - Modern Communication

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Figure 12 - Poverty