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Interactive Visualization: Insight through Inquiry (edition 2012)

by Bill Ferster, Ben Shneiderman (Foreword)

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Title:Interactive Visualization: Insight through Inquiry
Authors:Bill Ferster
Other authors:Ben Shneiderman (Foreword)
Info:The MIT Press (2012), Hardcover, 296 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:vz, ux, ui, office

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Interactive Visualization: Insight through Inquiry by Bill Ferster



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Visualization has great potential in the social sciences and the humanities, but it is sometimes hampered by a lack of technical and design skills. The aim of this book is to provide an introduction to enable undergraduates in the humanities to engage in interactive visualization (of historical data, primarily). This is a commendable effort, and I see no reason to doubt the effectiveness of the book as a learning resource in that specific educational context, but from an interaction design point of view it is somewhat challenged by trying to cover a little bit of everything: design process, editorial/communicative thinking, visual perception, visualization technology, human-computer interaction, interactive visualization concepts, and so on. Superficial and fragmented coverage of all these topics makes it hard to see the book as a standalone, self-contained resource for introductory learning.
  jonas.lowgren | May 9, 2017 |
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Interactive visualization is emerging as a vibrant new form of communication, providing compelling presentations that allow viewers to interact directly with information in order to construct their own understandings of it. Building on a long tradition of print-based information visualization, interactive visualization utilizes the technological capabilities of computers, the Internet, and computer graphics to marshal multifaceted information in the service of making a point visually. This book offers an introduction to the field, presenting a framework for exploring historical, theoretical, and practical issues. It is not a "how-to" book tied to specific and soon-to-be-outdated software tools, but a guide to the concepts that are central to building interactive visualization projects whatever their ultimate form. The framework the book presents (known as the ASSERT model, developed by the author), allows the reader to explore the process of interactive visualization in terms of choosing good questions to ask; finding appropriate data for answering them; structuring that information; exploring and analyzing the data; representing the data visually; and telling a story using the data. Interactive visualization draws on many disciplines to inform the final representation, and the book reflects this, covering basic principles of inquiry, data structuring, information design, statistics, cognitive theory, usability, working with spreadsheets, the Internet, and storytelling.

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