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Law of Uniform Connectedness

The law states that elements that are connected to each other by color, lines, frames, or other means are perceived as more related and grouped than elements with no connection. Uniform connectedness creates a stronger connection between objects than either proximity and similarity. It can redefine groups already established by two other principles.

 

History

The law of Uniform Connectedness is one of the psychological principles of the gestalt laws of grouping. Gestalt principles are rules that describe how the human eye perceives visual elements. These principles explain how a person naturally perceives objects as a single form (or group), rather than as separate elements.

 

Gestalt psychologists argue that certain principles of design exist because the mind has an innate disposition to perceive patterns based on these five categories: Proximity, Similarity, Continuity, Closure, and Connectedness.

Tips & Tricks

  1. The law can help you to make your design make more sense and groupings be instinctual to the client.
  2. Add related links or buttons to the same drop-down menu. This will make them connected.
  3. Use the same colors, backgrounds, or shapes on the site elements to group them together.
  4. Place similar functions, such as login, registration, inside a frame or a colored rectangle.
  5. Use arrows, lines, dotted lines, and others to create a visual connection between the elements.

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