Toward visualization-specific heuristic evaluation

Alvin Tarrell, Camilla Forsell, Ann Fruhling, Georges Grinstein, Rita Borgo, Jean Scholtz

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8 Scopus citations


This position paper describes heuristic evaluation as it relates to visualization and visual analytics. We review heuristic evaluation in general, then comment on previous process-based, performance-based, and framework-based efforts to adapt the method to visualization-specific needs. We postulate that the framework-based approach holds the most promise for future progress in development of visualization-specific heuristics, and propose a specific framework as a starting point. We then recommend a method for community involvement and input into the further development of the heuristic framework and more detailed design and evaluation guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Beyond Time and Errors
Subtitle of host publicationNovel Evaluation Methods for Visualization, BELIV 2014 - 5th Bi-Annual Workshop
EditorsPetra Isenberg, Tobias Isenberg, Michael Sedlmair, Heidi Lam
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450332095
StatePublished - Nov 10 2014
Event5th Workshop on Beyond Time and Errors: Novel Evaluation Methods for Visualization, BELIV 2014 - Paris, France
Duration: Nov 10 2014 → …

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Other5th Workshop on Beyond Time and Errors: Novel Evaluation Methods for Visualization, BELIV 2014
Period11/10/14 → …


  • Evaluation
  • Heuristic evaluation
  • Visual analytics
  • Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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