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

Eunmi Moon, Sheila M. Schneider, 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 (US)
Pages (from-to)1515-1527
Number of pages13
JournalDesign Journal
Issue numbersup1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019


  • empathic design
  • interactive visualizations
  • inclusive design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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