Monday, September 5, 2011

Reaction: Distributed Cognition as a Theoretical Framework for Information Visualization

While the article discusses the Distributed Cognition framework in detail, I feel as if it is too abstract and does not adequately explain how to apply it to Information visualization in any meaningful way. It does present specific examples, such as the one about the Jigsaw program, the towers of Hanoi, and tetris. While these examples are good at demonstrating the DCog framework, they do little to explain how to apply the covered concepts to InfoVis research. Ideally the authors would have also provided information visualization examples.

Overall the article did an pretty good job of explaining the DCog framework, while being a bit too abstract to be of much use for anyone actually implementing a visualization.