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Informatics 2016, 3(2), 6; doi:10.3390/informatics3020006

Designing a Situational Awareness Information Display: Adopting an Affordance-Based Framework to Amplify User Experience in Environmental Interaction Design

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Department of Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue University, 401 N. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
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Department of Art and Design, Purdue University, 552 W. Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
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Academic Editors: Kamran Sedig and Paul Parsons
Received: 1 December 2015 / Revised: 21 April 2016 / Accepted: 2 June 2016 / Published: 9 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Human–Information Interaction)
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Abstract

User experience remains a crucial consideration when assessing the successfulness of information visualization systems. The theory of affordances provides a robust framework for user experience design. In this article, we demonstrate a design case that employs an affordance-based framework and evaluate the information visualization display design. SolarWheels is an interactive information visualization designed for large display walls in computer network control rooms to help cybersecurity analysts become aware of network status and emerging issues. Given the critical nature of this context, the status and performance of a computer network must be precisely monitored and remedied in real time. In this study, we consider various aspects of affordances in order to amplify the user experience via visualization and interaction design. SolarWheels visualizes the multilayer multidimensional computer network issues with a series of integrated circular visualizations inspired by the metaphor of the solar system. To amplify user interaction and experience, the system provides a three-zone physical interaction that allows multiple users to interact with the system. Users can read details at different levels depending on their distance from the display. An expert evaluation study, based on a four-layer affordance framework, was conducted to assess and improve the interactive visualization design. View Full-Text
Keywords: affordance; situational awareness; cybersecurity; information visualization; visual analytics; user experience affordance; situational awareness; cybersecurity; information visualization; visual analytics; user experience
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Chen, Y.V.; Qian, Z.C.; Lei, W.T. Designing a Situational Awareness Information Display: Adopting an Affordance-Based Framework to Amplify User Experience in Environmental Interaction Design. Informatics 2016, 3, 6.

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