Constructive Visualization: A New Paradigm to Empower People to Author Visualization
Samuel Huron, Alice Thudt, Bon Adriel Aseniero, Anthony Tang, and Sheelagh Carpendale. (2016). Constructive Visualization: A New Paradigm to Empower People to Author Visualization. In SURFNET / Designing Digital Surface Applications, Frank Maurer (ed.). NSERC Surfnet, University of Calgary, 169–191.
In this chapter, with my collaborators, I provide a pictorial overview of two papers that address these challenges (Huron, Jansen, and Carpendale 2014; Huron, Carpendale, et al. 2014). In these paper we defne construction as a design paradigm for non-experts to author simple and dynamic visualizations. This paradigm is inspired by well-established theories in developmental psychological as well as past and existing practices of authoring visualization with tangible elements. We describe the simple conceptual components and processes underlying this paradigm and a preliminary study we employed to assess it. The results of this study confrm that non-experts in InfoVis can create, update, and annotate a visualization in a short period of time. Moreover, this study allowed us to articulate a primary model of how people perform the authoring of visual mappings using this paradigm.