BEYOND THE COMPUTER SCREEN:
APPLYING INFORMATION VISUALIZATION IN PRODUCT DESIGN
Cheryl Zhenyu Qian / Steve Visser / Victor Yingjie Chen
A paradigm shift exists in how to recognize, interpret, represent, and use the never-ending flood of information. Instead of reading lines and lines of text or numbers, users need to grasp the general meaning at a glance. Techniques of information visualization (infoVis) have been widely adopted in public media to create meaningful visual graphics on both a cognitive and emotional level, such as the overview of a stock market, the status of a presidential campaign, and the updated records of sports activities. In this paper, the authors explore the feasibility of extending infoVis into a product design to enhance user awareness and user experience. We envision such an extension at two levels - traditional and radical. The paper will introduce preliminary research exploration in this area and in related education practices. To enrich the discussion, the authors will provide examples of both traditional and radical product design to integrate information visualization.