Hi again everyone,
The responses to my query have been many, varied, and helpful. And
mostly off-list! The suggestions have given me many promising lines of
enquiry, and made me revisit some more familiar material. The research
literature available on the evaluation of information graphics seems
to be quite limited to start with. In the area of health policy-making
even more so... In a way it's quite encouraging as it makes for a
fertile area for my PhD, but perhaps also a little daunting!
In the interest of sharing knowledge gained from the list, I've put
together a short summary of the references I've received. I hope it
proves useful for anyone with an interest in the area of information
graphics for health and/or decision support.
Nicholas H. Lurie and Charlotte H. Mason, (2007), "Visual
Representation: Implications for Decision Making," Journal of
Marketing, 71 (January), 160–177.
Zender, Mike; Crutcher, Keith A. (2007). Visible Language for the
Expression of Scientific Concepts. Visible Language, v. 41 no. 1 p.
D. Feldman-Stewart, M. D. Brundage, and V. Zotov. Further Insight into
the Perception of Quantitative Information: Judgments of Gist in
Treatment Decisions. Medical Decision Making 27 (1):34-43, 2007.
Easterby, Ronald & Zwaga, Harm. 1984. Information Design. John Wiley.
Fiske, John. 1949. Introduction to Communication Studies. Routledge.
Full Journals recommended:
Patient education and counselling
Drug information journal
VizMetrics, Houston, USA:
famous information graphic on the Cholera outbreak in London, 1854) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Snow-cholera-map-1.jpg
but also see: Steven Johnson's "The Ghost Map" http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1594489254/stevenberlinj-20
great quality, I fear...)
Paul Arthur's Wayfinding, people, signs and Architecture
Google's use of eye tracking:
Ben Fry, who I think is awesome:
ISO technique for icon testing:
Will Stahl-Timmins B.A., M.A.
PhD Researcher: Information Graphics in Health Technology Assessment.
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