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Beyond the Tyranny of the Pixel: Exploring the Physicality of Information Visualization

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Beyond the Tyranny of the Pixel: Exploring the Physicality of Information Visualization
This paper consists of a review of contemporary that map and materialize abstract data as physical artifacts. With computing technology and the access of information influencing every aspect of our everyday lives, one can question the current habit of information displays to ‘simulate’ real world metaphors, and whether information could instead be conveyed by approximating the analogue and tangible characteristics of our daily experiences. This paper introduces five different degrees of ‘data physicality’, which differ in the abstraction of how data is mapped and perceived by human senses: ambient display, pixel sculptures, object augmentation, data sculptures and alternative modality. This categorization demonstrates the potential of information visualization as a communication medium in its own right, which proliferates beyond the ubiquitous pixel-based, light-emitting surfaces of today. Keywords info-aesthetics, data sculpture, pixel sculpture, multi-modal visualization, am...
Andrew Vande Moere
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Type Conference
Year 2008
Where IV
Authors Andrew Vande Moere
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