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Friday, May 29 • 11:35am - 11:45am
Thinking data visualization beyond charts: Alternative approaches to capturing and visualizing movement data in Indian Classical Dance

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Data visualization is increasingly becoming an important expertise within the UX field and a mainstream source of communicating complex phenomena around the world. However, for the design community, much of the visualization is influenced by traditional plotting tools or graphs, i.e., some form of pre-determined visual encoding of the phenomena using an existing dataset. For instance, visualizations of air pollution data often do not communicate the actual impact or experiences of the pollution. Thus, are there opportunities for designers to explore visual encoding encapsulated within the phenomena as it happens in real-time?
In this talk, I will discuss some of my recent explorations of capturing and visualizing intricate human movements as an example using low cost approaches. In particular, I will present key learnings from capturing and visualizing subtle movements in an Indian classical dance performance using paint-on-paper (i.e. tracing the movements as they happen), light painting (capturing motion pattern as a trace of light), and wearable motion sensing (capturing very subtle changes in intensity and orientation using motion trackers). These explorations could enable information designers to take an intimate look at the dance performance and reveal elements of data visualization that are contained within these subtle bodily movements. Broadly, with data visualization becoming an important design competence, this talk provides designers with a viable alternative approach to exploring and understanding the phenomena they aim to visualize.


Arushi Singh

UX Designer, Northeastern University

Friday May 29, 2020 11:35am - 11:45am
6 - Commonwealth

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