Virtual Society: Identity, Interaction and Interface Design
Social Visualization: sensing the virtual crowd
- Donath, Judith. 1996. Visible Cities.
- Milgram, Stanley. 1976. Psychological maps of Paris. In The Individual in a Social World. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
- Tufte, Edward R. 1983. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.
- Tufte, Edward R. 1990. Envisioning Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.
Read the two papers (the Milgram reading is available in the bin on the desk near the entrance to the d+i area) and look through the Tufte books. There are a number of copies of them in the Lab; they are also in several MIT libraries and on reserve in Rotch. (No written review this week).
Sketch a design for visualizing a large online group. This is just a preliminary sketch, meant to get you to think about the underlying issues in depth.
Some questions to think about are:
- What population are you showing? E.g. conference attendees? people who work together ? the visitors to a Web site? all of AOL? How many people are there? Do they know each other?
- What data are you visualizing? How is this information obtained?
- What does the visualization look like? How is the data mapped to the image?
Although we won't be doing an in-class critique of these sketches, I'd like you to have a chance to look at each other's work before class on March 31. Please send me the URL of your sketch by Sunday evening, March 29.
- Marina Umaschi Bers ... email@example.com
- Rick Borovoy ... firstname.lastname@example.org
- Julie Burch ... email@example.com
- Ingeborg Endter ... firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adam Holt ... email@example.com
- Karrie Karahalios ... firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stefan Marti ... email@example.com
- Kimiko Ryokai ... firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fernanda Viegas ... email@example.com
- Hannes Högni Vilhjálmsson ... firstname.lastname@example.org