Young Designers 2009

Anil M N
Software User and Interface Design | PGDPD
Space Constrained Visualisation of Multidimensional Data
Guide Dr. S. Ghosal
Sponsonr D.E. Shaw India Software Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad
> Business intelligence
> Information visualization
> Managing multidimensional data
> User-centered design
Many organizations have huge amounts of data and records contributing to 'information overload'. Information Visualization is an emerging multidisciplinary practice centered on making information visually accessible for effective communication of data, thereby increasing the quality and effectiveness of decision making.

For my project, I designed a highly interactive, generic, web-based tool for visually representing heat maps intended to monitor and analyze status, trends and anomalies in multi-dimensional, real time data. This tool will help analyze complex information across the firm.

My research process comprised analyzing the work structure of DESIS – the largest software development centre of D.E. Shaw. I studied both information visualization processes and business intelligence processes. I next conducted a literature review to understand the newest practices in information visualization designs and information management. The objective was to understand product ecology and the competitive landscape in the field.

The design phase of my project included researching color and other attributes of visual perception, identity creation, concept generation, specification of software requirements, user profiling, data modeling, interaction and interface design, prototyping and visual design. The solution is designed as a software component which is also pluggable to existing applications and work flows of different teams in the firm. Users can drill down from the overview heatmap of each cell by interacting with them.

The experience of working with a cross-disciplinary team of engineers and product designers was enriching. My key learning is that design does not happen in isolation and is a collaborative process.
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