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Towards a cognitive approach to user-centered visualization design and evaluation


Huang, W and Bednarz, T, Towards a cognitive approach to user-centered visualization design and evaluation, Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction, 5-8 August 2014, Sydney, Australia, pp. 159-164. ISBN 9781450327657 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Copyright 2014 Association for Computing Machinery

DOI: doi:10.1145/2636240.2636848


How we visualize graph data is important for us to make sense of it. A number of aesthetic criteria have been used in practice to guide the visualization process and judge the quality of graph drawings. These aesthetics are limited since they often conflict with each other. It is generally agreed that in order to make visualizations effective, well-grounded perception and cognitive theories and design principles are needed. Some attempts have been made to develop visualization theories. In this paper, we present a preliminary study which we conducted with a cognitive approach to add to this growing body of research. More specifically, we propose a graph visualization model, which is further conceptualized into a two-stage assessment cycle. Examples of potentially useful methodologies and theories are introduced and their implications for producing user-friendly visualizations are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:visualization, visual perception, human factors, human-computer interaction
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences
UTAS Author:Huang, W (Dr Tony Huang)
ID Code:95502
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-10-03
Last Modified:2018-03-14

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