Subjectivity in personal storytelling with visualization

Thudt, A. F., Perin, C., Willett, W.C. & Carpendale, S. (2017). Subjectivity in personal storytelling with visualization. Information Design Journal, 23(1), pp. 48-64. doi: 10.175/idj.23.1.07thu

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In this article we explore visualization for personal storytelling and investigate techniques for communicating subjective experiences in personal visual narratives. Personal stories are often subjective and storytellers omit, make up, or embellish details to craft engaging stories or to communicate a perspective. As growing personal data collections allow individuals to leverage visualizations, we explore how personal visual narratives can express subjectivity. From an analysis of personal visualizations created by data enthusiasts, designers and artists, we collect techniques for deliberately expressing subjectivity during data collection, processing, visual encoding, and presentation. Our results prompt a discussion about the role and potential of subjectivity in personal visual storytelling.

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Additional Information: This article is available here under copyright from John Benjamins Publishing. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Visualization, Personal Visualization, Storytelling, Personal Narratives, Subjectivity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: School of Informatics > Department of Computing

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