Today’s exercise: For each of the readings, point out at least 1 thing that you learned or that surprised you. Be specific, don’t just parrot something from the text. What did you learn here that would be relevant to your work in this class?
Before the Chapter 4 reading, I had heard of Gestalt methods, but I had never thought to apply them in the context of design. Starting around page 25, I enjoyed the authors’ insights on Psychology meeting design.
The second reading reminded me of Dan Larremore’s tips on giving a talk. I had never seen the presentation of choosing a consistent grid before, though. It wasn’t too surprising, but all of the examples in the book were so clean, I was a bit jealous.
The final reading from Colin Ware focused on preattentive processing, and which distinctions are able to be more quickly processed. For example, changing the color of some target object makes it easier to find than finding the junction of two lines in a field of bow ties. Most of the concepts in here were easy to understand, but I had not seen the formalism before this. However, I had not been exposed to different types of conjuction that do and do not aid in search. This might help with our final project, in helping us ensure that users of our product can easily distinguish waste receptacles from one another.