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Hooked on data videos: assessing the effect of animation and pictographs on viewer engagement

Pictographic representations and animation techniques are commonly incorporated into narrative visualizations such as data videos. General belief is that these techniques may enhance the viewer experience, thus appealing to a broad audience and enticing the viewer to consume the entire video. However, no study has formally assessed the effect of these techniques on data insight communication and viewer engagement. In this paper, we first propose a scale-based questionnaire covering five factors of viewer engagement we identified from multiple application domains such as game design and marketing. We then validate this questionnaire through a crowdsourcing study on Amazon's Mechanical Turk to assess the effect of animation and pictographs in data videos. Our results reveal that each technique has an effect on viewer engagement, impacting different factors. In addition, insights from these studies lead to design considerations for authoring engaging data videos.

https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3206552

Fereshteh Amini, Nathalie Henry Riche, Bongshin Lee, Jason Leboe-McGowan, and Pourang Irani. 2018. Hooked on data videos: assessing the effect of animation and pictographs on viewer engagement. In Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 21, 9 pages. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3206505.3206552

Bibtext Entry

@inproceedings{Amini:2018:HDV:3206505.3206552,
author = {Amini, Fereshteh and Riche, Nathalie Henry and Lee, Bongshin and Leboe-McGowan, Jason and Irani, Pourang},
title = {Hooked on Data Videos: Assessing the Effect of Animation and Pictographs on Viewer Engagement},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces},
series = {AVI '18},
year = {2018},
isbn = {978-1-4503-5616-9},
location = {Castiglione della Pescaia, Grosseto, Italy},
pages = {21:1--21:9},
articleno = {21},
numpages = {9},
url = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/3206505.3206552},
doi = {10.1145/3206505.3206552},
acmid = {3206552},
publisher = {ACM},
address = {New York, NY, USA},
keywords = {animated infographic, animation, data video, engagement, information visualization, narrative visualization, pictograph},
}

Authors

Fereshteh Amini

Fereshteh Amini

PhD Student
Pourang Irani

Pourang Irani

Professor
Canada Research Chair

As well as: Nathalie Henry Riche, Bongshin Lee and Jason Leboe-McGowan