A paper on visualization criticism just appeared in the Visualization Viewpoints section of this month’s Computer Graphics and Applications (CG&A). Authors are yours truly, Fritz Drury, Lars Erik Holmquist, and David Laidlaw.
The idea behind this article was to discuss the background of vis criticism a bit, talk about practical experiences, and offer a glimpse into a possible future. David and Fritz share their experiences teaching a class of computer science and design students, where critiquing played a big role. Lars responds to my criticism with a critique of critiquing. And I claim that criticism is something we’re already doing (paper reviews) and need to do more to further develop the theory in our field.