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Data In Situ: a Design Approach for Situated Visualization

Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportPh.d.-afhandlingForskning


This thesis explores situated visualization design to expand current design methods and approaches in information visualization. Situated visualization is an emerging concept in information visualization that takes into account the environment such as spaces, people, and activities that visualizations are placed in which requires considering the context of use of data visualizations during the design process.

This thesis presents findings on situated visualization design from two empirical studies as well as a literature survey and a theoretical exploration of situatedness.
The first study provides findings from sketching and ideation workshops for situated visualization design and gives insights into the use of different ideation activities and sketching materials for early-stage design. The second study investigates situated manual self-tracking through an autobiographical and a co-design study that explores the long-term use and lived experience of situated self-tracking visualizations, contributing design implications for visualization design and data entry. Lastly, this thesis contributes a literature survey that provides an overview of the current status of research in situated visualization, including commonly used definitions, application areas, visualization types and methods. Building onto the findings from the literature survey, this thesis expands the prevalent notion of situatedness through five perspectives on situatedness (space, time, activity, place, community).

This work builds the foundation for a design approach for situated visualization which actively takes situatedness into account throughout the whole design process, is grounded in real-world applications, and puts people at the center. Thereby, this thesis expands current design approaches in information visualization and provides opportunities for visualization design in new application areas.
ForlagAarhus Universitet
Antal sider206
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2021

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