Patterns for visualization evaluation

Niklas Elmqvist, Ji Soo Yi
2013 Information Visualization  
We propose a patterns-based approach to evaluating data visualization: a set of general and reusable solutions to commonly occurring problems in evaluating visualization tools, techniques, and systems. Patterns have had significant impact in a wide array of disciplines, particularly software engineering, and we believe that they provide a powerful lens for characterizing visualization evaluation practices by offering practical, tried-and-tested tips and tricks that can be adopted immediately.
more » ... e 20 patterns presented here have also been added to a freely editable Wiki repository. The motivation for creating this evaluation pattern language is to (a) capture and formalize "dark" practices for visualization evaluation not currently recorded in the literature; (b) disseminate these hard-won experiences to researchers and practitioners alike; (c) provide a standardized vocabulary for designing visualization evaluation; and to (d) invite the community to add new evaluation patterns to a growing repository of patterns.
doi:10.1177/1473871613513228 fatcat:c223z4zldfe7dl6nc7ez45uzw4