Projects

The field of visualization is a young one; there are many areas to explore and questions to ask.

 
 
 A visualization created in the Hanpuku system.

A visualization created in the Hanpuku system.

How Designers design with Data

Tools like Illustrator are fantastic for quickly iterating on designs, but have limited ability to link to data. We studied how designers work with data, and created a tool to support them.

 

Animating Data

Animation is either the greatest thing to happen to data in history, or a terrible idea. Opinions are divided. I threw my hat into the ring and tried to figure out what I could learn.

 One step in a possible animation from a bar chart to a pie chart. 

One step in a possible animation from a bar chart to a pie chart. 

 
 The Cambiera system in action: four hands on a tabletop

The Cambiera system in action: four hands on a tabletop

Collaborative Visualization

Two heads are better then one, surely. How does visualization become more useful when more than one person is looking at a dataset at the same time, on the same surface? Cambiera was an attempt to explore that question.

 
 The Logan system shows the query "what actions did users carry out immediately before "Checkout"?

The Logan system shows the query "what actions did users carry out immediately before "Checkout"?

Sequences and Streams

Data analysts looking at clickstreams often want to ask about how a sequence of events happened. The (s|q)ueries and Logan systems tried to provide tools for phrasing these questions.

 

Extending Excel

 A detail of the WebCharts interface.

A detail of the WebCharts interface.

No visualization tool can express all the questions that users have. General-purpose tools, like Excel and PowerBI, must offer a form of extensibility. The WebCharts prototype explored a way of providing visualization-oriented Javascript for desktop applications. 

This paved the way for Office Agaves and PowerBI's Custom Visuals.