The Personified User Interface Trap

Personified user interfaces, like chat bots or agents, are the new thing once again. But despite advances in artificial intelligence, they still have many issues and drawbacks compared to direct-manipulation interfaces. There was a debate around these interfaces in the 1990s, and it seems to be bound to repeat itself. Continue reading The Personified User Interface Trap

Memorability, Science, and The Value of Thinking Outside the Box

Stephen Few has written a long and scathing piece tearing down a paper presented at VIS earlier this year. While some of his criticism is justified, it is too focused on one of the authors, and it comes from an idea of visualization research that is far too limited. Continue reading Memorability, Science, and The Value of Thinking Outside the Box

Review: Munroe’s Thing Explainer and Pinker’s Sense of Style

Bad writing and the inability to explain in terms normal people can understand are the hallmarks of academic writing. Here are two books every academic should read and take to heart to be able to recognize bad prose and learn how to fix it. Continue reading Review: Munroe’s Thing Explainer and Pinker’s Sense of Style

VIS Proceedings now in the January Issue of TVCG

There has been a change in the way papers presented at IEEE VIS are published in the TVCG journal. It used to be the last issue of the year, but starting in 2015, it’s now the January issue of the next year. So all VIS 2015 papers have a publication date of 2016. Continue reading VIS Proceedings now in the January Issue of TVCG