2006-04-19: "The Surest Path to Visual Discovery" - Article by Stephen Few illustrating the Visual Information Seeking Mantra

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Stephen Few illustrates the Visual Information-Seeking Mantra in his recent article The Surest Path to Visual Discovery by using the TimeSearcher tool of the University of Maryland:

There are many possible paths to discovery, but some are surer and faster than others. When skilled seekers venture into the world of data exploration, they tend to follow a particular path that Ben Shneiderman of the University of Maryland recognized and expressed in the form of a mantra:

Overview first, zoom and filter, then details-on-demand.

Shneiderman got it right. This is a sure path to discovery!
[Few, 2006]

Full article: The Surest Path to Visual Discovery

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