User Study on Visual Thinking Using Analogue and Digital Tools

Type: 
BA/DA
Persons: 
1

Description

When performing knowledge- and information-intensive tasks, users often perform “visual thinking” (e.g., marking, sketching, grouping) to externalize their thoughts. Knowledge workers thereby often switch between analogue and digital tools, which has a strong effect on the visual thinking strategies they use.

Tasks

In this thesis, visual thinking strategies should be compared, depending on whether users are provided with analogue or digital tools. In a controlled user study, users should solve a complex task either using a normal desktop PC or using pen and paper. The thesis should identify commonalities and differences in visual thinking caused by the different tools.

Requirements

  • Strong interest in human-computer interaction and information visualization
  • Previous experience with user studies is advanteous, but not required

Environment

The material and room for conducting the experiment will be provided.

Contact

For more information please contact Manuela Waldner (waldner@cg.tuwien.ac.at).