Using visual information analysis to explore complex patterns in the activity of designers

Philip Cash, Tino Stanković, Mario Štorga

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    Abstract

    The analysis of complex interlinked datasets poses a significant problem for design researchers. This is addressed by proposing an information visualisation method for analysing patterns of design activity, qualitatively and quantitatively, with respect to time. This method visualises the temporality of interrelations between interlinked variables and, as such, can be applied to a range of datasets. By providing a statistical analysis of the networks’ growth the proposed method allows for the modelling of complex patterns of activity. Throughout, the method is demonstrated with respect to a fully realised example of information seeking activity. The core contribution of the proposed method is in supporting the analysis of activity with respect to both macro and micro level temporal interactions between variables.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalDesign Studies
    Volume35
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)1-28
    ISSN0142-694X
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • Research methods
    • Design research
    • Design science
    • Case study
    • Experiment
    • Visualisation analysis

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