Foreground and Background

When you observe a great scene of a movie, a great classic painting, or even concept art, we interpret what we see as if we are actually placed in the scene. We see what our eyes and brain want us to see. But if we pay attention to the composition, our focus comes into play and components of the scene become separated into foreground and background.

This separation between what’s important to focus in on and what supports the context of the scene is essential to both art, design, and, of course, life. With this purposeful manipulation on the part of the artist and designer, the harmony of the composition makes things easy to follow and understand.

What if we applied this concept of foreground and background to our own lives. We start to prioritize our life. We find out what’s important enough to focus in on and what in our lives are just background context. The most important things in your life always come into focus in the foreground and the less important ones go the background and support the important things.

Like a classic painting, pay attention to the composition of your life and it will always lead you to the important things.




In the world of design and typography, kerning is the concept of spacing to achieve a harmonious relationship between letterforms. In the real world of relationships, we try to achieve the same harmonious relationships with other people.

With typography, designers can see the visual painfulness that happens when words aren’t properly kerned. As a designer, I can see a world of difference by moving letterforms slightly towards or away from it’s neighboring letterform.

I wonder if this holds true with our own personal relationships. Are their people in our lives who need to be either pulled closer or pushed away in order to create harmony? As we change and grow, our needs will change and our relationships change. If we kern one relationship, that will affect the spacing with other relationships. It’s this wonderful interplay that happens in order to create harmony and energy.

We should consciously be aware of our own relationship kerning. Do we need to be closer or further away to achieve harmony in our lives? It’s an interesting thought and further shows our interconnected lives.