Principles of perception

Few engineers have taken the time to study art and few artists have spent time programming or conducting usability tests. But times are changing.

Visual designers working on the web need an understanding of the medium in which they work, so many have taken to code. Many have entered the usability lab. But what about the other side?

Are developers and human factors professionals immersed in literature on gestalt and color theory?

Principles of perception:

types of visual perception

proximity, similarity, continuance, and closure.

But understanding the psychological manner in which we group visual information is not enough if we want to be able to communicate a specific message. In order to do that, we need to know how to use visual relationships to our advantage —we need to know what makes things different.

Visible Narratives: Understanding Visual Organization