Playing with Complexity: An approach to exploratory data visualisation

Ben ENNIS BUTLER, Sam HINTON, Mitchell WHITELAW

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Abstract

This paper looks at how ideas of play might be usefully employed as a method to engage with complex data sets, and as a way to enhance interactive data visualisations. Developing ideas through our own practice of visualising cultural heritage collections, we argue that finding order within complexity is a pleasurable experience, and that there are strong associations between the goals of exploratory data visualisation and the underlying mechanics of many computer games. Following this, we suggest there are good reasons to acknowledge play in the design of interactive interfaces
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 'Creativity: brain, mind, body', the 2011 Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) Annual Conference
EditorsGordon Bull
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherAustralian Council of University Art and Design Schools
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780975836071
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2011 ACUADS Conference - Canberra, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 21 Sep 201123 Sep 2011

Conference

Conference2011 ACUADS Conference
CountryAustralia
CityCanberra
Period21/09/1123/09/11

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ENNIS BUTLER, B., HINTON, S., & WHITELAW, M. (2011). Playing with Complexity: An approach to exploratory data visualisation. In G. Bull (Ed.), Proceedings of 'Creativity: brain, mind, body', the 2011 Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) Annual Conference (pp. 1-12). Canberra: Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools.