The design methodology on government identity through visual thinking: Gestalt theory

Yunjung Lee, Su Jeung Kim

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Currently, spurred on by the “Korean Hallyu Wave,” the importance of a national brand image is emerging as a major issue. As a result, government identity system development projects that capture national brand values and identity are all going full-swing. In this study, the researcher attempted to uncover the possibility of integrated approaches by extending the use of vision-centered methodology that was mainly addressed in the existing design development process to enhance communication functions and to strengthen the government visual identity of the Republic of Korea. The overall aspect of GI (Government Identity) was contemplated based on the visual perception theory that the form of a visual component (figure) is perceived not just by itself but as a whole with “background” or the environment where the subject is placed. The analysis was centered around CMF (Color, Material, Finishing), the elements that make up the background. The GI that is effectively conveyed through the relationship between the “figure” and “ground”, in other words the relationship of the sizes, and that of the placements was researched. We expect that the significance of this study can be found in the suggestion of an integrated design methodology that approaches GI holistically in order to communicate the identity of a nation effectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)798-803
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Engineering Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016

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  • CMF
  • Figure and ground
  • Gestalt theory
  • Government identity
  • Visual thinking


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