Proximity is a highly prized element of design.

Proximity refers to chunking information together that belongs together–and, conversely, separating information that belongs elsewhere. Obviously, you don’t want your work to appear like a jigsaw puzzle. Instead, you can create focus and highlight your message by organizing similar elements together. By grouping related information, you can reduce clutter.

Principles of Design

In this example of poor proximity, note how the jumbled annotated links create confusion. Your eye isn’t sure how the items are related.