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8. Togetherness: Hacks 75–80 > 75. Grasp the Gestalt

Grasp the Gestalt

We group our visual perceptions together according to the gestalt grouping principles. Knowing these can help your visual information design to sit well with people’s expectations.

It’s a given that we see the world not as isolated parts, but as groups and single objects. Instead of seeing fingers and a palm, we see a hand. We see a wall as a unit rather than seeing the individual bricks. We naturally group things together, trying to make a coherent picture out of all the individual parts. A few fundamental grouping principles can be used to do most of the work, and knowing them will help you design well-organized, visual information yourself.

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