The Role of Empathic Design Research in the Prototyping of Interactive Visualizations

Eunmi Moon, Sheila Schnieder, Priscilla Ferronato, Miriam Salah, Stan Ruecker, Deana McDonagh

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    In this paper, we argue that there is an opportunity to develop a new process for the creation of interactive data visualizations by applying and extending the methods of empathic design. In particular, we consider the criteria summarized by Thomas and McDonagh (2013): “empathic research strategies incorporate shared language, collaboration, ethnography, and empathy.” We anchor the discussion in a pilot project involving a new navigation system for visually impaired people, where an empathic exercise designed by the visually-impaired participant formed the basis for increasing the empathic understanding of the designer.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1515-1527
    Number of pages13
    JournalDesign Journal
    Issue numbersup1
    Early online date31 May 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    Event13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design : Running with Scissors - University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 Apr 201912 Apr 2019
    Conference number: 13


    • Empathic design
    • interactive visualizations
    • inclusive design

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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