Beyond Showcasing: The Makings of Strong Visual Designs

By Elliot Bendoly, Jul 15, 2016

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Contextual fit and cognitive bias formed the focus of the last two entries in this IIA whitepaper series, “Traps and Hazards in Data Visualization Tool Design and Selection” and “Leveraging Biases in Visual Design.” In the second of these entries, the use of the Standard Convention (Bendoly 2016) was described in brief. This system of classification for graphical renderings is described not merely as an academic exercise. Instead it is a critical part of a broader effort to pin down the nature of interface design options and the biases individuals hold that either facilitate or stymie the interpretation of certain graphical renderings. In short, we can’t effectively tackle the visualization design questions of “What?” or “How?” until we grapple with “Why?”

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Leveraging Biases in Visual Design

By Elliot Bendoly, Apr 29, 2016

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The theoretical virtues of strong visualization efforts are well documented (cf. Bendoly 2016). So too are the traps commonly encountered in their pursuit. The question confronting practice is how to safely plan a course for development and deployment of these visualization solutions.

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Value-Added Data Visualization

By Elliot Bendoly, Jan 12, 2016

It can’t be denied that humans are, broadly speaking, intensely visual creatures. Of our senses, vision often dominates our perceptions of the world around us. It is one of the strongest physiological channels that engages us, and it can play a fundamental role in our attentiveness.

It can also be distraction.

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