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Design Exposition Discussion Documents for Rich Design Discourse in Applied Visualization

Beecham, R., Dykes, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-8096-5763, Rooney, C. & Wong, W. (2021). Design Exposition Discussion Documents for Rich Design Discourse in Applied Visualization. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 27(8), pp. 3451-3462. doi: 10.1109/tvcg.2020.2979433


We present and report on Design Exposition Discussion Documents (DExDs), a new means of fostering collaboration between visualization designers and domain experts in applied visualization research. DExDs are a collection of semi-interactive web-based documents used to promote design discourse: to communicate new visualization designs, and their underlying rationale, and to elicit feedback and new design ideas. Developed and applied during a four-year visual data analysis project in criminal intelligence, these documents enabled a series of visualization re-designs to be explored by crime analysts remotely – in a flexible and authentic way. The DExDs were found to engender a level of engagement that is qualitatively distinct from more traditional methods of feedback elicitation, supporting the kind of informed, iterative and design-led feedback that is core to applied visualization research. They also offered a solution to limited and intermittent contact between analyst and visualization researcher and began to address more intractable deficiencies, such as social desirability-bias, common to applied visualization projects. Crucially, DExDs conferred to domain experts greater agency over the design process – collaborators proposed design suggestions, justified with design knowledge, that directly influenced the re-redesigns. We provide context that allows the contributions to be transferred to a range of settings.

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Publisher Keywords: Design methodology, design study, concurrent evaluation, design exposition, design discourse, remote collaboration, crime analysis, statistical process control, visual representation design, geospatial data, temporal data
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > giCentre
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