August Event: Visualizing Data for People: A Human Factors Perspective

  • 14 Aug 2014
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Ramsey County Library, 2180 North Hamline Avenue, Roseville, 55113


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Join UXPA-MN on August 14th for "Visualizing Data for People: A Human Factor Perspective" with Paul Derby and Mike Crites. This is event is sponsored by Valere.

There are a variety of helpful resources for designers (e.g., books, blogs) that describe best practices for data visualization. While these resources often provide useful recommendations, they sometimes fail to offer explanations about how these visual representations support human cognition and perception. For example, why should we provide time-series trends, limit the use of color, and strive for visual interpretations of values? What is it about human attention, memory, and situation awareness that make some data visualization techniques more effective than others? This presentation will give an overview of some best practices of data visualization and will provide a discussion of why they benefit human perception and performance.

Paul Derby is a Senior Experience Designer within the Honeywell User Experience design studio.  Paul has a PhD in experimental psychology (human factors) from Texas Tech University.  At Honeywell, Paul focuses on UX research and design within the process industry (e.g., oil/gas, petrochemical, etc.).   Currently, Paul is leading multiple UX efforts to improve data visualization products within this domain. 

Mike Crites is an Experience Designer within the Honeywell User Experience (HUE) design studio. Mike is also currently enrolled in the Experimental Psychology: Human Factors doctoral program at Texas Tech University (TTU). Mike holds a BS in Psychology with minors in Statistics and Cognitive Science from the University of Central Florida, and an MA in Human Factors from TTU. While at TTU, Mike has taught undergraduate and graduate level statistics, and undergraduate psychology and human factors courses. While at HUE, Mike is currently working on UX projects within multiple domains that involve heuristic evaluation, contextual inquiry, usability testing, and experimental design (among other fun things). 

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