Our first assignment (EDLD 5366) was to look at an ancient product and find the principles in design in them. Here is what I wrote:
The Lisbon Bible, 1482, vol 1. Text containing prohibition of mixing seed. Picture from British Library
The design principles stand out instantly when you view this piece. Contrast shows up in the thickness of the font as it changes with the words written in the margins to the actual text, where it become quite bold. The repetition is seen through the similarity in both pages' layouts. Alignment is center on both columns on both pages shown. This clearly defines both sides of text. The proximity is heavily separated by space and small text.