Sunday, September 18, 2011

Reaction: The Eyes Have It: A Task by Data Type Taxonomy for Information Visualizations

While the information in the article is still of value, it comes off as being quite dated. It refers to the 'high resolution displays', which at the time probably meant 800x600 or 1024x768. While this is quite high compared 320x240 or 640x480 of the years prior, it is a far cry from the 1920x1080 or higher that is common place and relatively cheap today.
In general i felt the author spent too much time spelling out the different types of structures (1-dimensional, 2-dimensional, tree). These are common structures that need little explanation. I also feel that a lot of the elements of visualizations he discusses (Zoom, history, details on demand) are quite common place in today's visualization to the point where some do not even need to be discussed. I feel like if the paper was written today it would show real world examples of ways to do these common place things, as studying real world examples would be more useful than what is described in the paper. Perhaps showing different ways that people have actually implementing zooming for example would be much more helpful than the paragraph about zooming.