I'm a software developer trying to make better interfaces.
I'm looking for the name of the concept for how our brains process different layouts. I saw a really great presentation many years ago about how different ways to layout text can dramatically change the way we process the information, but I can't seem to figure out what to search for to find that type of presentation / class again.
I signed up for a UX class online, and it ended up being a bunch of buzz about how to manage a project, with a few interesting clues on how that ties into making the interface more useful.
I signed up for a Graphic Design class online, and it's talking about different ways to draw an apple.
I want a class that dives deep into perception of visual elements. A class about how contrast impacts our view, or what things humans focus in on first, or what is distracting from the design - - All things that I think of as "UX", but from my UX class I'm now learning that's just one small piece.
What terms should I be searching for to help me find these resources? (also, I know StackExchange isn't a link site, and we get voted down if we ask opinions, but a few links to resources you think are worthwhile would be appreciated)