Rhythm in art and design refers to a relationship between elements that creates a sense of harmony .

Rhythm can be seen in patterns, in relationships between colours and shapes, and in repetitions of lines and forms.

Rhythms help to guide the viewer's eye around a piece rather than allowing the eye to settle on a particular focal point.

There are three main types of rhythm:

  • Regular rhythm – elements are repeated exactly in an evenly spaced arrangement
  • Flowing rhythm – movement is suggested through repeating organic shapes or through irregular repetition of repeating elements
  • Progressive rhythm – a sequence is created in which the elements are changed slightly every time they are repeated