Task Cube: A Three-Dimensional Conceptual Space of User Tasks in Visualization Design and Evaluation

TitleTask Cube: A Three-Dimensional Conceptual Space of User Tasks in Visualization Design and Evaluation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsRind, A., W. Aigner, M. Wagner, S. Miksch, and T. Lammarsch
JournalInformation Visualization
Volume15
Issue4
Pages 288-300
Date Published10/2016
KeywordsAction, design guidelines, interaction, objective, task frameworks, task taxonomy, terminology, visualization theory
Abstract

User tasks play a pivotal role in visualization design and evaluation. However, the term ‘task’ is used ambiguously within the visualization community. In this article, we critically analyze the relevant literature and systematically compare definitions for ‘task’ and the usage of related terminology. In doing so, we identify a three-dimensional conceptual space of user tasks in visualization, referred to as task cube, and the more precise concepts ‘objective’ and ‘action’ for tasks. We illustrate the usage of the task cube’s dimensions in an objective-driven visualization process, in different scenarios of visualization design and evaluation, and for comparing categorizations of abstract tasks. Thus, visualization researchers can better formulate their contributions which helps advance visualization as a whole.

Notes

Appears in Special Section on Evaluation, Guest Editors: Heidi Lam, Petra Isenberg, Tobias Isenberg and Michael Sedlmair
Published online before print December 27, 2015.
Print version September 9, 2016.

URLhttp://mc.fhstp.ac.at/sites/default/files/publications/rind_2016_ivi_task-cube_postprint.pdf
DOI10.1177/1473871615621602
Internal projects: 
Science of Interaction
Funding projects: 
CVAST
Funding projects: 
HypoVis