Direct Interaction in Information Visualization

A scientific paper facing the use of direct interaction as a pattern in visualizations. I wrote it during the course »Reading Group« at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.


An information visualization consists of two main parts — representation and interaction. The graphical representation itself was for a long time seen separated from the interaction, as it stood alone in classical static information graphics. Modern input devices like touchscreens and modern web technologies enable us to design visualizations which are controlled by direct user manipulation. We are thereby able to use the visualization itself as an interaction element, rather than outsourcing the interaction to additional UI elements. The border between representation and interaction begins therefore to blur. This paper provides an overview of recent ideas and techniques about direct interaction in information visualizations. It examines the potential benefit of these techniques and introduces several related projects.

Read the paper (PDF) to learn more.

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