What does Visceral mean?

If you type the word “visceral” into google you can get this response:

 

visceral

visceral

 

Main Entry:
vis·cer·al Listen to the pronunciation of visceral
Pronunciation:
ˈvi-sə-rəl, ˈvis-rəl
Function:
adjective
Date:
1575

1 : felt in or as if in the viscera : deep <a visceral conviction>

2 : not intellectual : instinctive, unreasoning <visceral drives>

3 : dealing with crude or elemental emotions : earthy <a visceral novel>

4 : of, relating to, or located on or among the viscera : splanchnic <visceral organs>

vis·cer·al·ly Listen to the pronunciation of viscerally -rə-lē adverb

However this is referring to the dictionary meaning. Visceral in reference to design it can mean something completely different. My understanding of visceral is the emotional response with in the first 90 seconds. That response could be shock, horror, love, happiness. It’s said that when a person is viewing an artwork or music you have about 15 seconds to impress them. I believe this is in reference to someone’s visceral reaction.

 

References:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/visceral
http://arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,11710,1166468,00.html
http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?42
http://www.uxmatters.com/MT/archives/000019.php

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