Telling Stories about Dynamic Networks with Graph Comics

Bach, B., Kerracher, N., Hall, Kyle Wm., Carpendale, S., Kennedy, J., Riche, N. (2016). Telling Stories about Dynamic Networks with Graph Comics. In: (Ed.) Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'16), , () ( ed.). (pp. ). San Jose, CA: . ACM New York, NY, USA.



In this paper, we explore graph comics as a medium to communicate changes in dynamic networks. While previous research has focused on visualizing dynamic networks for data exploration, we want to see if we can take advantage of the visual expressiveness and familiarity of comics to present and explain temporal changes in networks to an audience. To understand the potential of comics as a storytelling medium, we first created a variety of comics during a 3 month structured design process, involving domain experts from public education and neuroscience. This process led to the definition of 8 design factors for creating graph comics and propose design solutions for each. Results from a qualitative study suggest that a general audience is quickly able understand complex temporal changes through graph comics, provided with minimal textual annotations and no training.
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Jessie Kennedy
Dean of Research and Innovation
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Natalie Kerracher
Research Student
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Areas of Expertise

Information Visualisation
Information visualisation is the use of enhanced Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) to communicate and interact with complex data sets such as social networks, multiattribute tables, and financial data. Pages of text and numbers are not the most effective way to communicate or understand information.

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