Thoughts on User Studies : Why , How , and When

  title={Thoughts on User Studies : Why , How , and When},
  author={Robert Kosara and Christopher G. Healey and Victoria Interrante and David H. Laidlaw and Colin Ware},
Visualization as currently practiced is mostly a craft. Methods are often designed and evaluated by presenting results informally to potential users. No matter how efficient a visualization technique may be, or how well motivated from theory, if it does not convey information effectively, it is of little use. User studies offer a scientifically sound method to measure a visualization’s performance. Although their use has become more widespread, we believe they have the potential for a much… CONTINUE READING
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