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This module covers the design of visual information displays. We continuously receive information from our environment through our sensory systems: vision, hearing, touch, and smell. However, we rely most heavily on vision. Vision affords us the greatest capacity for information receiving and processing. For this reason, the majority of information displays are designed for the visual system.

There are other displays designed for the auditory system (hearing), the somasensory system (touch), and the olfactory system (smell). These are termed non-visual displays and are the subject of the Non-Visual Display Module. Whether visual or non-visual, all displays share three basic design requirements. To be effective, a display must be:

  • Detected by the sensory system for which it is designed.
  • Distinguished from other sensory in-puts.
  • Understandable to the user.

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