How duplication and re-composition of images may affect information absorption

(in progress)

I was in Andy Warhol Museum when this topic came into my mind. I noticed that in one section of the exhibitions, his photograph works were displayed my putting four of the same of similar works together in a matrix. This interested me in that the difference in aesthetics from placing them in an array. It also occurred to me, that, whether this form of presentation could have more use than in the design field.

I want to know whether presenting images in matrices can bring attention to details that would otherwise be overlooked. I want to know how human eye perceive details and how the brain registers information. This is a complicated topic with many factors could to consider, but I can start simple with monotone and single-object images.


  • Information is evenly distributed in images. (Think of overlaying it with a grid.)
  • Or the distribution is rather richer in the outer ring, considering object-centered images.
  • Human focus is not evenly distributed. (Perhaps centered)
  • Therefore the amount of information gathered by humans by looking at an image is limited. 


  • What is information
  • How to measure information within an image


  • Eye-tracking devices
  • Well-formed images and questionnaires 


  • For User Researchers who take pictures to interpret the context for later use, how well they perceive the pictures may influence the quality or efficiency of their research. 
  • Applications in ad display or news feed where human eye may be scanning across multiple images at the same time.

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