Fully revised textbook on the rapidly growing field of Information Visualization. Its emphasis is on real-world examples and applications of computer-generated and interactive visualization. Information visualization deals with representing concepts and data in a meaningful way. Depending on the medium used, information can be visualized in either static (e.g. a graph on a printed page) or dynamic forms. This book is appropriate for courses in information visualization, human-computer interaction, interaction design, and computer graphics.
§ First fully integrated 4-colour text in this field, using real-world examples and applications.
§ This is the only book to concentrate on interactive dynamic information visualization techniques.
§ Readers will learn how to display information to: pick out key information from large data streams; present ideas clearly and effectively; encourage data exploration and decision-making.
§ Clear writing style makes this a widely accessible, non-technical text needing no prior knowledge of mathematics, computing or statistics.
§ Companion Website.
§ Instructor resources including PowerPoint files with a wealth of images and diagrams taken from the book, and a collection of useful short video clips
Ø Completely restructured to make it easier to teach and learn the key concepts of representation, presentation, and interaction. A separate chapter is now devoted to each of these key concepts.
Ø Many new Case Studies are used to illustrate the craft of interaction design and to emphasize the diversity of applications.
Ø New material introducing the cognitive issues in human performance needed to understand the visualization process.
Ø Updated examples and illustrations, all in full colour.
Information Visualization by Robert Spence
Table of Contents
About the author
Other books by the author
Chapter 1 What is Visualization?
The Human User
The value of Information Visualization
Fraud; silicon chips; pharmaceuticals
Questions of Taxonomy
Chapter 2 The Issues
Nature of the problem
Interactive object selection
Interactive attribute selection
Movement in information space
Perception and interpretation
Chapter 3 Representation
Perception and Cognition
3.1 Encoding of value
A single number; a collection of numbers
Preattentive processing- things that pop out; choice of encoding
Object and Attribute Visibility
3.2 Encoding of relation
Maps and diagrams
3.3 Support for design
Chapter 4 Presentation
The presentation issue
4.1 Space limitations
Overview plus detail
Combined distortion and suppression
Zoom and Pan
4.2 Time limitations
Rapid Serial Visual Presentation
Briefly glimpsed images
Space and Time resources
Models of human visual performance
Chapter 5 Interaction
Spaces, interactions and balance of control
5.1 Interaction Framework
5.2 Continuous interaction
5.3 Stepped interaction
Discrete information spaces
Stages of action
Where am I?
Path breadcrumbs; Location breadcrumbs
Guidance for design
5.4 Passive interaction
5.5 Composite interaction
5.6 Interaction dynamics
Change blindness; Inattentional blindness; Design to counteract blindness
5.7 Design for interaction
Chapter 6 Case studies
The case studies
6.1 Small interactive calendars
Planning your time
Satisfaction and preference
6.2 Selecting one from many
6.3 Web browsing through a keyhole
The RSVP Browser
6.4 Communication analysis
Command and Control
The MIND tool
6.5 Archival galaxies
Large collections of documents
Background and requirements
Interaction and search
Design for Interaction
“Spence has completely reorganized the material, creating a significant revision that hinges on the three main concepts of representation, presentation, and interaction. […] He writes with clarity and insight, carefully explaining the important ideas of the field as well as their significance.”
~ From the Foreword by John Stasko, Georgia Institute of Technology
One of the greatest challenges of our time is to make sense of the overwhelming amount of information all around us. The concepts and techniques of Information Visualization (IV) help us to understand this deluge of data.
The second edition of Information Visualization has been completely restructured to focus on core concepts and novel technologies that allow us to interact with information in new and exciting ways.
Highlights of the Second Edition include
Check out the Companion Website at www.pearsoned.co.uk/spence for additional resources for students and instructors.
About the Author
Robert Spence is Professor of Information Engineering at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London. He is widely recognized to be one of the pioneers of IV, and has taught the subject world-wide to both students and professionals.