Constructive Visualization

Abstract : If visualization is to be democratized, we need to provide means for non-experts to create visualizations that allow them to engage directly with datasets. We present constructive visualization a new paradigm for the simple creation of flexible, dynamic visualizations. Constructive visualization is simple--in that the skills required to build and manipulate the visualizations are akin to kindergarten play; it is expressive-- in that one can build within the constraints of the chosen environment, and it also supports dynamics -- in that these constructed visualizations can be rebuilt and adjusted. We de- scribe the conceptual components and processes underlying constructive visualization, and present real-world examples to illustrate the utility of this approach. The constructive visualization approach builds on our inherent understanding and experience with physical building blocks, offering a model that enables non-experts to create entirely novel visualizations, and to engage with datasets in a manner that would not have otherwise been possible.
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Samuel Huron, Sheelagh Carpendale, Alice Thudt, Anthony Tang, Michael Mauerer. Constructive Visualization. ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems in 2014, ACM, Jun 2014, Vancouver, Canada. pp.Pages 433-442, ⟨10.1145/2598510.2598566⟩. ⟨hal-00978437v2⟩



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