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Gestalt

  1. 1. Gestalt Principles in Usable Interfaces Alan Ho 04 Jan 2010
  2. 2. Stands for Configuration, integral structure or form in the German language
  3. 3. Humans tend to order experiences in regular, orderly, symmetric and simple manner
  4. 4. In a nutshell, humans look for patterns in mental processing. The better this pattern is organized, the easier and faster the design is perceived.
  5. 5. In Gestalt, there are 5 Main Laws of Groupings
  6. 6. Gestalt Laws of Groupings Proximity The closer objects are to one another, the more likely people are able to mentally group them together Similarity People link together parts of the visual field that are similar in color, lightness, texture, shape, or any other quality Continuity Seeing flow of elements continuing in a particular direction, rather than making an abrupt turn Closure People perceive whole objects from incomplete and imperfect forms Common Fate Leads people to group together objects that move in the same direction
  7. 7. Central to Gestalt approach is the law of prägnanz which states that people intuitively prefer the simplest, most stable of possible organizations.
  8. 8. Have you considered Gestalt in your design process yet

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