Communicating strategies, concepts, ideas and user research data to key decision-makers is a major challenge that user experience designers continuously face in the product design cycle. A big part of this challenge lies in the fact that user experience deliverables need to be communicated to a wide audience with various skills and expertise at different stages of the product development. This presentation focuses on providing user experience researchers and designers with real examples on how infographics and information visualization methods have been used in the different stages of a user-centered design cycle to convey solutions to complex business problems in a visually more consumable format. According to various cognition and perception research literature, visualization has been proven to improve the reception of information and knowledge compared to text.
The content of this presentation reinforces those findings by examining the different visualization techniques and principles invoked in the literature and adapting them to promote the user experience being designed. Various visual representations have been explored as a replacement to more traditional formats of conveying ideas such as text for example. Those include"day-in-a-life charts", experience maps, color-coded dashboards and many more. Best practices and lessons learned will be shared during the session such as how to best apply Tufte's design principles to improve the effectiveness of visual representation. The session will be an interactive discussion where the audience is encouraged to start thinking on how the knowledge around information visualization could be leveraged to help us, designers and UX researchers, better communicate design problems and solutions.