Monday, February 20, 2006

How To Provide Instant Focus To Selected Information Items

Making information stand out ...

"One of the reasons why visualisation can be so powerful has its roots in the fact that there's a series of identification and recognition operations that our brain performs in an "automatic" way without the need to focus our attention or even be conscious of them.

Managing properly the elements that are "pre-attentively" processed can make a difference in a user interface. It sometimes happens that certain elements of a graphic representation, maybe a colour or an icon "pop out".

These phenomena, whose visual identification is performed in a very short time lapse (typically between 200 and 250 milliseconds or less) are called pre-attentive since they occur without the intervention of consciousness. There's no need to focus on the search task. Even when they are hidden among many other objects they are identified immediately."   continued ...   (Via Robin Good)

Pop-out Visualization - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Pop-out Visualization


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