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Data Every Day: Designing and Living with Personal Situated Visualizations

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  • Nathalie Alexandra Bressa
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  • Jo Vermeulen, Autodesk Research
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  • Wesley Willett, University of Calgary
We explore the design and utility of situated manual self-tracking visualizations on dedicated displays that integrate data tracking into existing practices and physical environments.
Situating self-tracking tools in relevant locations is a promising approach to enable reflection on and awareness of data without needing to rely on sensorized tracking or personal devices.
In both a long-term autobiographical design process and a co-design study with six participants, we rapidly prototyped and deployed 30 situated self-tracking applications over a ten month period. Grounded in the experience of designing and living with these trackers, we contribute findings on logging and data entry, the use of situated displays, and the visual design and customization of trackers. Our results demonstrate the potential of customizable dedicated self-tracking visualizations that are situated in relevant physical spaces, and suggest future research opportunities and new potential applications for situated visualizations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '22: Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsSimone Barbosa, Cliff Lampe, Caroline Appert, David A. Shamma, Steven Drucker, Julie Williamson, Koji Yatani
Number of pages18
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication yearApr 2022
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9157-3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022
EventCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - New Orleans, United States
Duration: 30 Apr 20225 May 2022


ConferenceCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
LandUnited States
ByNew Orleans

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