Reflections on symmetry

Harold Thimbleby
2002 Proceedings of the Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces - AVI '02  
Symmetry is routinely used in visual design, but in fact is not just a visual concept. This paper explores how deeper symmetries in user interface implementations can be 'reflected' in the design of the user interface, and make them easier to use. This deeper application of symmetry for user interface design is related to affordance, and therefore makes that concept constructively applicable. Recommendations for programming better user interfaces are suggested. "Symmetry, as wide or as narrow
more » ... you may define its meaning, is one idea by which man through the ages has tried to comprehend and create order, beauty, and perfection." Hermann Weyl [16]
doi:10.1145/1556262.1556265 dblp:conf/avi/Thimbleby02 fatcat:lu5a4if7bfgxzn7trin5j5kqea