Understanding system features through information visualisations to improve product development: An exploratory study with data analysts

DS 101: Proceedings of NordDesign 2020, Lyngby, Denmark, 12th - 14th August 2020

Year: 2020
Editor: Mortensen, N.H.; Hansen, C.T. and Deininger, M.
Author: Idrissov, Agzam; Škec, Stanko; Maier, Anja M.
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Technical University of Denmark, University of Zagreb
Section: Design Support
Page(s): 12
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.35199/NORDDESIGN2020.54
ISBN: 9781912254088


Information visualisations, such as diagrams and charts, support analysis of large amounts of information. While there exist various information visualisations for decision support in product development, they are often being created in an ad-hoc manner. In this paper, we examine whether certain types of information visualisations facilitate understanding of characteristic features of systems, such as hierarchy, relationships, patterns and processes. Results from our study suggest that information visualisations are recognised as representing the aforementioned characteristic system features.

Keywords: visualisation, design process, product development, product architecture, system architecture


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