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Icon arrangement

There are 16 different arrangements of icons that you could have chosen from.

These layouts are taken from the visual research of the following psychologists:

  • Hermann Rorschach
  • Terry A. Rustin
  • Hans Prinzhorn
  • Daniel S. Schechter

The Rorschach Test

The Rorschach Test is a psychological test in which someone's perception of ten different inkblots is recorded and then analysed using psychological interpretation, complex algorithms, or both. Some psychologists use this test to examine a person's personality characteristics and emotional state.

For the purposes of this research, we have reversed the order of analysis by using the shapes of these ten inkblot tests as frameworks but allowing the user to populate the frameworks with their own icons and meaning.

The selection of the arrangement of icons tell us a lot about the viewer’s perception of these concepts in their subconscious, and how that may reflect in their Happy Place.



Selecting this arrangement of icons suggests that the viewer is generally quite good at stress management, and that their Happy Place is either very effective at relieving anxiety or that they don't have to visit it often.

They are generally in control of their emotions. This is often reflected in their desire for control and organisation in the spaces around them, whether real or abstract.



This arrangement of icons suggests a desire and liking for tactile and sensual spaces and that the viewer is very sensitive to touch.

The Happy Place of this person is likely to have a focus on texture, perhaps with very soft and smooth surfaces.



Selecting this arrangement indicates a very sociable and extraverted person who gains energy and thrives from being around people.

Their Happy Place is unlikely to be a place of solitude but rather will often contain other people, whether it be strangers or loved ones.



The Happy Place of someone who selected this arrangement of icons is likely to be a large, expansive place that lacks borders and confinement, where they can be free of any limitations or restrictions.



The Happy Place of someone who selected this arrangement of icons is likely to be more abstract and fantastical or dreamlike, rather than a specific location in space and time.

This person's Happy Place transcends realism and exists deep in their imagination.



Texture is the dominant characteristic of this arrangement of icons. This person's Happy Place is likely to be a very sensory and intimate space, and can often include other people that they have a close emotional relationship with.



This arrangement of icons is associated with femininity. This person's Happy Place is likely to be a safe, warm and womb-like environment. It is probably an enclosed space with soft, organic textures and warm, gentle lighting.



People with this arrangement of icons are likely to have an introspective relationship with their Happy Place.

It exists primarily in their internal world and it is likely to be multifaceted and complex in structure rather than have a minimalist aesthetic.



The main characteristic of this arrangement of icons is a diffuse Happy Place with indistinct form and boundaries creating a general vagueness and abstraction to the space.

This person's Happy Place is more likely to have lots of empty space without clutter.



This is the most dynamic layout of the series. The Happy Place of a person who selected this option is likely to be very energetic and expressive with a vibrant and maximalist aesthetic.

This person is most likely an extrovert that gains energy from being surrounded by people.


Terry A. Rustin, Hans Prinzhorn and Daniel S. Schechter

The final six arrangements are drawn from various sources of research into the relationship between visual aesthetics and mental health.

If you have selected one of the following arrangements of icons this means your Happy Place is likely to be a very thoughtful, introverted space, existing primarily in your inner world.

Your Happy Place is likely to be a delicate and meditative space of self-reflection, and that it is focused more with thoughts and emotions rather than with objects and physical space.


About your colour selection



For Hermann Rorschach

For Terry A. Rustin

For Hans Prinzhorn

For Daniel S. Schechter

Further reading

Rhoda Kellogg. Psychology of Children's Art - B0006BS2AI - CRM; 1967, with a simple explanation available here:

Visualogical has provided all analysis, references and source material