[Scribus] Visual representation on the page

Roger hovergo
Sat Oct 13 10:07:14 CEST 2007

Greg's comments on Psychology and Design - what a wonderful thing to
have happen!

  it is too true that  the Psychology of what the viewer sees and apprehends is
all too often

A designer does not simply throw stuff onto a page and then fiddle around
pushing shapes to get the page working, he has to 'know' and be aware of some
affecting criteria beforehand.

A couple of tricks have helped me. These are my personal views and employing
them has increased the desire in the recipients to read our newsletter where as
  previously they simply threw it aside.

1.--  the 'Z' line of sight which says something about a person scanning a
document, any document and within the first second or two the eye travels from
top left thru top right, diagonally down to bottom left then to bottom right of
a page, an article, a book, a pamphlet, what ever.

In that instant there must be sufficient information transferred into the
observer's mind to trigger further investigation. Colours at this time are
unimportant and likely to be distracting. it could be a blank page with 4 words
in black type for all the reader cares.

I experimented like this.
Put a word, 4 - 6 letters in each corner of the scan/read section of a page, 18
mm left margin, 32 mm top margin 15 mm left margin and 12 mm bottom margin and
give the page to someone who has never seen it before for 3 seconds, odds on
they will read each word and then their eyes will move to the exact centre of
the page, they will then say the page is blank -- but will be able to tell you 2
  of the 4 words. If the words are placed according to the Golden Ratio they
will see all 4 words in less than 2 seconds and not go to the centre of the page.
do it with colored circles or shapes and they will see only the colours that
make then happy or angry.

The top right corner is critical and no image should be exactly on this junction.
A date or some minor peripheral information can go here to fill a void.
The image that would go in that corner should be placed according to the Golden
Ratio rule so that the important part of the image, say for example, the eyes or
forehead, the brand of a device depicted in the image, the feature of the image,

The bottom line of information signals the end of the page.

Columns are very specific.
1 column signals a personal letter.
2 columns signals an attempt at page formatting - unless - the columns are
different widths with significant whitespace between.
3 columns signals information
4 -7 signals tabloid media with the inherent " you can believe this if you want"
-- Column widths are critical to what information is being give to the reader
and how quickly they absorb key info.
-- A page does not have to have the columns going top to bottom unless its
tabloid media.
-- A thin line 2/3rds across the page signals the end of that column length
under which a new number and width of columns is very acceptable.
-- People scan the info in a column using the 'Z' so key words have to be in
those positions. Read th top line, a few middle words and the bottom line, if
the info is good they read the column.
-- Colors can and often do detract from the information unless very specifically
targeted to a particular range of reader/observer.

Images will do this but they must be simple representations, not complex.

Colors are of both secondary and primary importance used to convey triggers
like, hunger, anger, joy, reverence, quiet, longing etc.
In fact colours are somewhat over used.
Some of the world's most renown film images and movies are in black and white
and convey all that needs to be told in the imagery dialog.

- Position of boxes, whether real or imaginary are of great importance on the page.
- Visual boxes / lines surrounding objects imply "jail term" " capture" "not
open to me"
- Vertical lines signal entrapment, vertical white spaces instead of vert lines
signal openness and honesty.
- Lines, full length across a page imply a visual barrier, "Don't go further
than this line"
-- Using a 1 line short sentence often replaces a line.
-  A small uncomplex line drawing image represents a line but encourages the eye
to go further.

A designer , if at all possible, holds in his or her mind an image of the type
of persons who will get information from this document.
Will it be a service technician, a health worker, an elderly person, a laborer,
a CEO, a housewife, a sports person, a shop customer, a disinterested, bored
person, etc.
What are their circumstances when they receive the information page - will the
be in their home, at work, in the street, in a care facility, etc all has an
impact on the first 1-3 seconds after receiving the page.

These factors are, I have found,  what I as a page designer needs to know before
during and after the design work. for me tweaking the final product is a last
resort and then only a minor thing.


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