From InfoVis:Wiki
Revision as of 15:00, 23 April 2008 by Anarchitect (talk | contribs) (added Mackinlay quote)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
A visualization is effective if it addresses the capabilities of the human visual system. Since perception, and hence the mental image of a visual representation, varies among users, effectiveness is user-dependent. Nonetheless, some general rules for effective visualization have been established in the visualization community.
Effectiveness criteria identify which of these graphical languages [that are expressive], in a given situation, is the most effective at exploiting the capabilities of the output medium and the human visual system.
[Mackinlay, 1986]

see also: Expressiveness, Appropriateness


  • [Mackinlay 1986] Jock Mackinlay. Automating the Design of Graphical Presentations of Relational Information. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 5(2):110-141, 1986.
  • [Schumann and Müller, 2000] Heidrun Schumann and Wolfgang Müller, Visualisierung - Grundlagen und allgemeine Methoden. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2000.
  • [Tominski, 2006] Christian Tominski, Event-Based Visualization for User-Centered Visual Analysis, PhD Thesis, Institute for Computer Science, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Rostock, 2006.