The Inspector - A Cognitive Artefact for Visual Mapping

Mohammad A. Kuhail, Soren Lauesen, Kostas Pantazos

Abstract

Existing custom visualization tools provide cognitive artefacts that can reduce the cognitive barriers designers encounter in visual mapping, mapping data to visual primitives (e.g. ellipse, rectangle) and their properties (e.g. colour, size.) However, our experience with designers shows that the existing artefacts are insufficient. In particular, designers struggle to understand the relationship between visual primitives, their properties, and data. Moreover, it is hard to verify the correctness of the visual mappings. In response, we developed a new cognitive artefact, the inspector, that explicitly shows the data behind visual primitive and their properties. We evaluated the impact of the inspector on usability with seven designers. The result shows that the inspector reduced usability problems and helped designers verify the visual mappings.

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Kuhail M., Lauesen S. and Pantazos K. (2013). The Inspector - A Cognitive Artefact for Visual Mapping . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications and International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2013) ISBN 978-989-8565-46-4, pages 525-534. DOI: 10.5220/0004302105250534


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@conference{ivapp13,
author={Mohammad A. Kuhail and Soren Lauesen and Kostas Pantazos},
title={The Inspector - A Cognitive Artefact for Visual Mapping},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications and International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2013)},
year={2013},
pages={525-534},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004302105250534},
isbn={978-989-8565-46-4},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications and International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2013)
TI - The Inspector - A Cognitive Artefact for Visual Mapping
SN - 978-989-8565-46-4
AU - Kuhail M.
AU - Lauesen S.
AU - Pantazos K.
PY - 2013
SP - 525
EP - 534
DO - 10.5220/0004302105250534