[CG&A paper presentation]
Authors: Shimin Wang, Yuzuru Tanahashi, Nick Leaf, Kwan-Liu Ma
Abstract: This paper presents a study on how users react to different personal visualization designs. First, we present three distinct personal visualization designs: Timeline, Spark, and Bouquet, for visualizing Facebook user data. Each of these three respectively embodies a specific style of visualization – traditional, illustrative, and artistic visualization. Next, we conduct a user study consisting of a series of interviews. These interviews were based on three scenarios: 1) exploring the visualization of the users’ own data, 2) comparing two personal visualizations and 3) analyzing a series of personal visualizations. Our analysis of the recorded conversations suggests that the illustrative design was the most well balanced of all three designs with respect to relaying information, motivating data exploration, and providing personal insights to the users. We believe this study will provide future developers with some guidance into what elements need to be taken into consideration when designing personal visualizations.