Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Reaction : Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Role of Interaction in Information Visualization

This paper focuses on two important facets of Information Visualization: "representation" and "interaction". The author feels that interaction has always been on the back-burner and the contemporary practices give more importance to representation.Thus via this paper, the author tries to convey the advantages we can achieve by focusing on the "interaction" aspect of InfoViz.

The paper makes a comparison saying that interaction methods like zoom, select, filter etc are as important as the selection of charts and colors to be used. Focusing on interaction, a designer comes to know about the end-user's intent. This knowledge comes in handy while visualizing information.

This paper has given me a realization that effective tools are more powerful than pretty ones. The main aim for information visualization is easy interpretations of data and better interactivity helps the purpose.