A New Discourse? – The Position of Data Art within InfoVis

On: February 29, 2008
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InfoVis and Data Art

For our literature presentation on ‘Information Visualization and Data Art’ we (Erik Borra, Paulien Dresscher and Minke Kampman) read articles of Pousman, Vande Moere and Kosara. They look at data art from a scientific perspective and discuss how it may be put to use within ‘traditional’ information visualization. Reading the articles, the position of data art within information visualization seems to become a discourse on itself. We decided to make a visualization discussing and integrating the three articles:

InfoVis and Data Art

Articles
Pousman, Zachary et al. “Casual Information Visualization: Depictions of Data in Everyday Life” (2007)
Vande Moere, Andrew. “Aesthetic Data Visualization as a Resource for Educating Creative Design” (2007)
Kosara, Robert. “Visualization Criticism – The Missing Link between Information Visualization and Art” (2007)

About the Authors
Zachary Pousman is a PhD student in Human-Centered Computing at Goergia Tech, he’s behind the term ‘casual information visualization’; “which are visual tools for people to ‘see into’ and manage their growing collections of personal data.” With an emphasis on ‘personal’, Pousman is looking at new domains of applying infovis, specifically away from the office. Or rather, anywhere but the office i.e. non-personal data.
Andrew VandeMoere is a lecturer / assistant professor at The University of Sydney. One of his research areas is Information Aesthetics. He is also the man behind http://infostethics.com, a blog that explores the relationship between creative design and infovis.

Robert Kosara
is an assistent professor (dep. or Computer Science) at the University of North Carolina. He researches the visual display and analysis of data within infovis.

Design
Minke Kampman

5 Responses to “A New Discourse? – The Position of Data Art within InfoVis”
  • March 1, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Interesting visualization!

    Another paper to consider: Warren Sack’s Aesthetics of Information Visualization.

  • March 1, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    I will definitely look into that, thank you for your tip and comment.

  • April 7, 2008 at 2:51 am

    I really like this graphic too! One thing I want to get out there is that the differences between casual infovis (and aesthetic infovis) and traditional infovis are not black and white. There isn’t the bright-line distinction between “normal” and “alternative” infovis. It’s a continuum and a design space with a lot of related and orthogonal dimensions.

    But keep up the good work. I just downloaded this image for my collection.

    Zach

  • April 8, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    I see your point, maybe the black/white division is too strong. The emphasis in our minds was on the incomplete circle, in which ‘data visualization’ and ‘visualization art/ data art’ end up to be very close by each other. But not connected (yet). So you’re right that there’s definitely a continuum of some sort.

    And thanks for adding our image to your collection, quite a compliment!

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