Telling Stories About Dynamic Networks with Graph Comics

Benjamin Bach, Natalie Kerracher, Kyle Wm. Hall, Sheelagh Carpendale, Jessie Kennedy, Nathalie Henry Riche

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In this paper, we explore graph comics as a medium to communicate changes in dynamic networks. While previous re- search 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3362-7
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016

Publication series

NameCHI '16


Conference2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Internet address

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