Presentation by Rachel Sengers and Lisa Battle at the UXDC2017 conference in Washington, DC, on April 15, 2017.
We hear a lot about visualizations for big data these days, but what about small data? The power of communicating data visually can’t be overstated. When designing for expert users, we often need to convey a lot of information at a glance to help them 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. Enter the micro-visualization, a way of packaging detailed information in an easily digestible, visual way. In this presentation, we present examples of several different types of micro-visualizations and discuss how they can be used effectively to improve user experience.