International Symposium on Graph Drawing and Network Visualization

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Gestalt Principles in Graph Drawing

  • Stephen G. Kobourov
  • Tamara Mchedlidze
  • Laura Vonessen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9411)


Gestalt principles are rules for the organization of perceptual scenes. They were introduced in the context of philosophy and psychology in the 19th century and were used to define principles of human perception in the early 20th century. The Gestalt (form, in German) principles include, among others: proximity, the grouping of closely positioned objects; similarity, the grouping of objects of similar shape or color; continuation, the grouping of objects that form a continuous pattern; and symmetry, the grouping of objects that form symmetric patterns. Gestalt principles have been extensively applied in user interface design, graphic design, and information visualization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen G. Kobourov
    • 1
  • Tamara Mchedlidze
    • 2
  • Laura Vonessen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Theoretical InformaticsKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany

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