Perceiving Forms: Gestalt Principles

Meagan Longoria describes the basics of the Gestalt school of thought:

Gestalt principles can help us highlight patterns and reduce noise in data visualization. They can also help us create a visual hierarchy and employ symmetry in our designs for a more pleasing user experience.

Some Gestalt principles are very similar to our understanding of preattentive attributes. This is demonstrated in the set of 3 charts below.

Meagan gives a good overview of the concepts and uses a Power BI example to apply them.  There’s some really good advice in here.

Related Posts

Faceting With R And SQL Server ML Services

Marlon Ribunal has a quick example showing how to build faceted plots with SQL Server ML Services and ggplot2: In my previous post, I have demonstrated how easy it is to create a bar graph in SQL Server 2017 In-Database Machine Learning using  R. We’re going to build upon that basic graph. Sometimes doing data analysis […]

Read More

Building Forest Plots With ggplot2

Faisal Atakora shows how to build a forest plot using ggplot2: To build a Forest Plot often the forestplot package is used in R. However, I find the ggplot2 to have more advantages in making Forest Plots, such as enable inclusion of several variables with many categories in a lattice form. You can also use any scale of your […]

Read More


December 2017
« Nov Jan »