Academic journal article Visible Language

Laws of Seeing

Academic journal article Visible Language

Laws of Seeing

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LAWS OF SEEING wolfgang metzger cambridge, ma: mit press, 2006 978-0-262-13467-5 hardbound, 200 pages, illustrated, black and white, $48.00

The reissue of Wolfgang Metzger's book Laws of Seeing makes accessible once again the experimental demonstrations and conclusions drawn by gestalt psychologists. The original book from 1936 was ahead of its time in that the experiments and demonstrations in the book are interactive. The author encourages the reader/viewer to do this or that with the page or their visual focus in order to make the material come alive-personally. Metzger confirms the intrinsic orderliness of perception, "Thus one could say in a somewhat facetious way that even the most disorderly human being has at least, without realizing it, eyes that love order....Otherwise...we would see the world filled with unthinkable deformities." I interpret his use of 'unthinkable' to mean useless, confusing, counterproductive to understanding.

While design is often playful and pushes a creative edge, there are many times when clarity, ease of use and understanding are the fundamental need. It is at these times that ideas about human perception come to the fore. One need only consider the chaos of some websites and the frustration endured when trying to find some information, or the flashing, annoying ploys to get attention. I am continually surprised that design programs fail to cover perception and more particularly gestalt principles as such understanding is basic to making sense of the visual world. …

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