Presented by Design for Context's Lisa Battle and Rachel Sengers at the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) Conference June 26, 2018, in Puerto Rico.
The power of communicating data visually can’t be overstated. We often need to convey a lot of information at a glance to help expert users make quick decisions and work efficiently. For infrequent or novice users, a visual overview of a process or concept can provide orientation and help reduce the risk of mistakes. For all users, the micro-visualization is a small but powerful way to package detailed information in an easily digestible, visual form. Individually or arranged into arrays, these compact visual elements pack a huge punch, giving your users the ability to quickly assess trends, spot outliers, and identify priorities. This presentation will explore the use of data micro-visualizations to enhance user experience and explain how to utilize pre-attentive processing and gestalt mechanisms to design more effective visualizations.