MyBrush: Brushing and Linking with Personal Agency

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  • Philipp Koytek, Philipp Koytek is with University of Calgary and Augsburg University
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  • Charles Perin, City, University of London and University of Calgary
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  • Jo Vermeulen
  • Elisabeth André, University of Augsburg
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  • Sheelagh Carpendale, University of Calgary

We extend the popular brushing and linking technique by incorporating personal agency in the interaction. We map existing research related to brushing and linking into a design space that deconstructs the interaction technique into three components: source (what is being brushed), link (the expression of relationship between source and target), and target (what is revealed as related to the source). Using this design space, we created MyBrush, a unified interface that offers personal agency over brushing and linking by giving people the flexibility to configure the source, link, and target of multiple brushes. The results of three focus groups demonstrate that people with different backgrounds leveraged personal agency in different ways, including performing complex tasks and showing links explicitly. We reflect on these results, paving the way for future research on the role of personal agency in information visualization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8017621
JournalIEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Pages (from-to)605-615
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Brushing, coordinated multiple views, design space, information visualization, interaction, linking, personal agency, VISUALIZATION, DESIGN, VISUAL ANALYSIS, Humans, Personal Autonomy, Computer Graphics, Software

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