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Research Topic: Qualitative Visualization

April 2016
Throughout the month of April, I began intentially looking for other projects using visualization to display qualitative or abstract information.


Emotionally Vague a research project about the connection between the human body and emotion, Orlagh O'Brien
We Feel Fine a visualization of human feelings scraped from weblogs and represented by a self-organizing particle system, Jonathan Harris and Sepandar Kamvar
The Happy Show interactive installation of the attempt to increase happiness via mediation, cognitive therapy, and mood-altering pharmaceuticals, Stefan Sagmeister
Schmerz-Dolmetscher: Visuelle Darstellung von Schmerzqualität masters research project presenting a visual system for physical pain, Noa Stemmer-Holtz
Crying visualized tracking over 589 days of crying occurances, Robin Weis


  • Visualizations used for exploration: high data interaction to personally make sense of data.
  • Visualizations used for presentation: low data interaction and are primarily for knowledge sharing.


  • Why am I visualizing this information?
  • What is the message that I want to convey?
  • What is essential to that message?
  • Would I lose any meaning or impact if this were eliminated?
  • Am I emphasizing the most important information?
  • Are the individual values important or is the shape/form?


  • Text: for content analysis, building clusters and hierarchies of similar and dissimilar information
  • Cognitive: for connecting major themes and phrases in a meaningful way, understanding and illustrating the thinking process
  • Text and Image: for conveying messages, telling stories, layering information, assimilating and presenting information in a systematic manner
  • Spatio-temporal: for exploring, analyzing and presenting data that changes over space and time

Selected Articles & Resources

Notes & Experiments

Qualitative researchers face distinct challenges in synthesizing and publishing their work. Unlike quantitative research, qualitative research often relies on dense transcribed text; these “mountains of words” do not lend themselves to the space limitations of academic journals or condensed visual elements such as summary charts, tables, or graphs. Johnson, Dunlap, & Benoit, 2010

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Using data requested from O-Brien’s Emotionally Vague project, I chose the top 25 terms in responses to what made participants Angry. I then found 7-12 synonyms or related terms for their responses. From there I will explore the overlap in the emotion labels in an attempt to better define Anger.

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