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Visual rating system for HFES graphics: Design and analysis
Abstract
This paper introduces research that evolved out of an analysis of Gillan, Wickens, Hollands, & Carswell’s (1998) guidelines for the graphical presentation of quantitative data in HFES publications. The impetus for this research stemmed from a concern about substandard illustrations accompanying publications and the difficulty in communicating how to improve the quality of those illustrations. The aim in this paper is twofold: (1) to offer a pragmatic method for operationalizing and measuring the adherence of a specific graphic to the aforementioned guidelines; and (2) to present the analysis of preliminary data gathered using the metric developed. I will first present the methodology used to develop a Web-based rating interface, then examine the implementation of that interface, and finally discuss the results of a comparative analysis performed on samples of graphics published before and after the original guidelines. Counterintuitively, the only evidence we found of a change between graphs published before the guidelines and those published after was a decrease in the readability of text.
Keywords
information search and retrieval, user-centered design, human factors, graphics
Venue
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting
Publication Date
Oct 2006
Author
Paul R. Ryan
Organization
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Location
San Francisco, CA
Publication Pages
2124-2128
Publication Edition
50(18)