Visual Representation

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Literature on Visual Representation

Here’s the entire UX literature on Visual Representation by the Interaction Design Foundation, collated in one place:

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Data Visualization for Human Perception

Ch 35: Data Visualization for Human Perception

Data visualization is the graphical display of abstract information for two purposes: sense-making (also called data analysis) and communication. Important stories live in our data and data visualization is a powerful means to discover and understand these stories, and then to present them to others. The information is abstract in that it descri...

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Visual Representation

Ch 5: Visual Representation

How can you design computer displays that are as meaningful as possible to human viewers? Answering this question requires understanding of visual representation - the principles by which markings on a surface are made and interpreted. The analysis in this article addresses the most important principles of visual representation for screen design...

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Guidelines for Good Visual Information Representations

Guidelines for Good Visual Information Representations

Information visualization is not as easy as it might first appear, particularly when you are examining complex data sets. How do you deliver a “good” representation of the information that you bring out of the data that you are working with?While this may be a subjective area of information visualization and, of course, there are exceptions to t...

  • 8 months ago
Philosophy of Interaction

Ch 11: Philosophy of Interaction

Over the last two decades, interaction design has emerged as a design discipline alongside traditional design disciplines such as graphics design and furniture design. While it is almost tautological that furniture designers design furniture, it is less obvious what the end product of interaction design is. Löwgren's answer is "in...

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Information Visualization – An Introduction to Multivariate Analysis

Information Visualization – An Introduction to Multivariate Analysis

Albert Einstein said; “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” He could easily have been talking about the challenges of creating information visualizations for multivariate analysis.Multivariate analysis takes place when you have a data set with 4 or more dependent variables which are to be examined against an inde...

  • 4 years ago

Ch 25: Semiotics

This chapter covers why and how Semiotics can help advance some of the major goals of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and be useful when designing interactive products. It begins with brief definitions and explanations of a few central concepts in Semiotics. This is followed by a discussion of harder challenges involved in bringing Semiotics in...

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Aesthetic Computing

Ch 26: Aesthetic Computing

The phrase "Aesthetic Computing" while taken literally applies the philosophical area of aesthetics to the field of computing, and work in the area is broadly defined as such; however, in my operational definition for the work we do in my research lab and in teaching, aesthetic computing is treated as embodied formal language. The purpose of aes...

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How to Represent Linear Data Visually for Information Visualization

How to Represent Linear Data Visually for Information Visualization

Linear data sets come in three varieties – univariate, bivariate and trivariate. A univariate data set has a single dependent variable which varies compared to the independent attributes of that data. A bivariate set has two dependent variables and a trivariate set has three. Representing data sets of these types is a very common task for the i...

  • 1 year ago