Telling Stories about Dynamic Networks with Graph Comics

Abstract : In this paper, we explore graph comics as a medium to communicate changes in dynamic networks. While previous research has focused on visualizing dynamic networks for data exploration, we want to see if we can take advantage of the visual expressiveness and familiarity of comics to present and explain temporal changes in networks to an audience. To understand the potential of comics as a storytelling medium, we first created a variety of comics during a 3 month structured design process, involving domain experts from public education and neuroscience. This process led to the definition of 8 design factors for creating graph comics and propose design solutions for each. Results from a qualitative study suggest that a general audience is quickly able understand complex temporal changes through graph comics, provided with minimal textual annotations and no training.
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Benjamin Bach, Natalie Kerracher, Kyle Wm. Hall, Sheelagh Carpendale, Jessie Kennedy, et al.. Telling Stories about Dynamic Networks with Graph Comics. Proceedings of the Conference on Human Factors in Information Systems (CHI), ACM, New York, United States, May 2016, New York, United States. ⟨10.1145/2858036.2858387⟩. ⟨hal-01256099⟩

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