The TL;DR Thesis
For my final ICM project, I presented a data visualization of findings from my undergraduate thesis, where I conducted a protocol analysis experiment. Participants drew a still life from observation while voicing their thoughts allowed. The participants were categorized as either expert or novice categories based solely on their experience with formal visual arts education.
Click the colored circles to change the category of thought.
Roll the mouse over parts of the drawings to see the participants’ thoughts.
“Artistic decisions” refers to conscious decision making by the participants, this includes aesthetic choices and approaches to their drawing process.
“Lower level features” talks about the details of human vision: edges, shadows, color, etc. These lower level features are processed by the brain automatically, but artists are often told to look at these features specifically when drawing from observation. I wanted to highlight when the participants talked about it to see if we could learn more about the visual perception of artists.
There is much more to be done on this project. The data presented is only a mere fraction of the information collected. I would like to add a feature where I can show video, etc. I could go on forever. However, I really wanted to focus on functionality and get all the pieces up and running and working together. In terms of code, the project utilizes probably too many if statements and conditions to function. I used the principles of mouseOver and mouseClick functions as a basis for the UI. The exciting thing was learning how to take my vision and actually create it in code. Moving forward I hope to optimize the code, generalize it, and make the project scalable.
I got some really wonderful feedback at the winter show, including creating a interactive directory attached to the actual thesis paper, using it in museums, or allowing participants to draw. On a specific level I want to expand it out with my data, but I also love the idea that something like this could be useful for other scientists. In the future, I want to explore other ways to communicate research using technology!
Photos from the ITP Winter Show 2018.