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.
- empathic design
- interactive visualizations
- inclusive design
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
Moon, E., Schneider, S. M., Ferronato, P., Salah, M., Ruecker, S., & McDonagh, D. (2019). The Role of Empathic Design Research in the Prototyping of Interactive Visualizations. Design Journal, 22(sup1), 1515-1527. https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2019.1594974