Reconfiguration Strategies with Composite Data Physicalizations

Kim Sauvé, David Verweij, Jason Alexander, Steven Houben

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Composite data physicalizations allow for the physical reconfguration of data points, creating new opportunities for interaction and engagement. However, there is a lack of understanding of people's strategies and behaviors when directly manipulating physical data objects. In this paper, we systematically characterize diferent reconfguration strategies using six exemplar physicalizations. We asked 20 participants to reorganize these exemplars with two levels of restriction: changing a single data object versus changing multiple data objects. Our fndings show that there were two main reconfguration strategies used: changes in proximity and changes in atomic orientation. We further characterize these using concrete examples of participant actions in relation to the structure of the physicalizations. We contribute an overview of reconfguration strategies, which informs the design of future manually reconfgurable and dynamic composite physicalizations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationMaking Waves, Combining Strengths
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages18
VolumeMay 2021
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380966
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2021

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


  • Composite data physicalization
  • Data physicalization
  • Physical visualization
  • Reconfguration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software


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