BostonCHI hosts Dietmar Offenhuber: Autographic Visualization – traces, symptoms, evidence

Deitmar Offenhuber

Associate Professor at Northeastern University in the fields of Art + Design and Public Policy

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019

Google at 355 Main St, Cambridge, MA

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Event Details

What is visual evidence? How do we know we can trust a data set? The methods of data visualization can help us discover patterns and inconsistencies in data sets, but are bound to the limits of symbolic representation – they can only begin when data already exists. Consequently, data is silent about its origins remains disconnected from the phenomena it supposedly represents. In my talk, I will discuss autographic visualization as a countermodel to data visualization. Autographic visualization describes a set of design principles and visual practices to reveal traces and material evidence. Autographic visualization aims to make data collection accountable and engaging, which can play an important role in discourses around climate change, pollution, and evidence construction

Dietmar Offenhuber is Associate Professor at Northeastern University in the fields of Art + Design and Public Policy. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning from MIT, Master degrees from the MIT Media Lab and TU Vienna. His research focuses on the relationship between design, technology, and governance. Dietmar is the author of the award-winning monograph “Waste is Information” (MIT Press), works as an advisor to the United Nations and published books on the subjects of Urban Data, Accountability Technologies and Urban Informatics.


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Schedule

  • 6:30 – 7:00  Networking over pizza and beverages
  • 7:00 – 8:30  Meeting
  • 8:30 – 9:00  CHI Dessert and more networking

AGILE BEHAVIOR-BASED PERSONAS FOR BETTER DESIGNS WITH PRIYAMA & DANA

Priyama Barua & Dana Ortegón, Mad*Pow

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

Agile Behavior-Based Personas for Better Designs

Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA

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ABSTRACT

Maximize design efforts with agile, contextual behavior-based personas that enhance how people experience products, services, and apps. Persona creation has traditionally been a labor- and resource-intensive process. Our game-like approach allows teams to create a set of personas in a single, day-long session. Working with sets of behavior attributes gleaned from hundreds of hours of qualitative and quantitative research, designers expand their understanding of how their audience might interact with the experiences they create. Human-centered design requires deep understanding of and empathy for people’s lived experiences. Our framework helps designers imagine these lived experiences and the tools, functionality, and content that might improve them.

BIO

Priyama Barua 

Priyama is a Senior Experience Strategist at Mad*Pow, working on research, strategy, service design, UX and innovation projects with cross-functional teams. She focuses on bridging gaps between disciplines and adapting innovative and flexible approaches. Her work spans different industries with a particular interest in healthcare and finance. In a prior life, Priyama owned and operated a design consultancy, and also taught design thinking at a prominent design college in India.

Dana Ortegón

Plain language/readability and health & financial literacy are Dana’s not-so-secret passions. She also loves helping clients figure out the what’s, why’s, when’s, and how’s that make their content work harder and smarter. When Dana isn’t waving her magic wand at sentences, she can be found huddled with experience strategists and designers, hammering out personas, exploring user journeys, and pondering the intricacies of behavior change.


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Schedule

  • 6:30 – 7:00  Networking over pizza and beverages
  • 7:00 – 8:30  Meeting
  • 8:30 – 9:00  CHI Dessert and more networking

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