THE GESTALT PRINCIPLES

Gestalt is also known as the “Law of Simplicity” or the “Law of Pragnanz” (the entire figure or configuration), which states that every stimulus is perceived in its most simple form.

Gestalt theorists followed the basic principle that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In other words, the whole (a picture, a car) carried a different and altogether greater meaning than its individual components (paint, canvas, brush; or tire, paint, metal, respectively). There are namely four principles under the Gestalt theory:

  1. Principle of similarity
  2. Principle of proximity
  3. Principle of closure
  4. Principle of continuity

 

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