GEOG 583
Geospatial System Analysis and Design

Reading Assignment

Reading Assignment

This week, you will read two articles on the application of various methods for developing designs. The first article goes in-depth on the strengths/weaknesses associated with the use of wireframing. The second article focuses particular attention on the challenge of prototyping geographic visualization tools that may not be familiar yet to their intended user audiences.

In both readings, you may encounter terms, theories, etc., that you have not read about before. I encourage you to ask questions, to search for web resources on unfamiliar topics, and to share your findings with your peers.

Read:

“Wireframing for interactive & web-based geographic visualization16” designing the NOAA Lake Level Viewer” by Robert E. Roth, David Hart, Rashauna Mead & Chloë Quinn. 

Respond

This article comes from an academic journal that focuses on Cartography and GIScience. The authors discuss their process of developing a GIS based web application to represent changing water levels to help communicate potential landscape change and to assist in environmental management. Particularly relevant for class this week, they walk through the use of wireframing, scenario-based development, and the use of interactive prototypes in the design process. Think about how their design methods match the target goals of the project. Are these design methods used effectively? How are they suited or not suited to the end-goals of the project? Discuss the design ideas you liked and provide some suggestions that you think the authors could have implemented in their wireframe designs. Compare and contrast the high fidelity and low fidelity wireframe design applications. Discuss 1 or 2 design ideas present in this paper that you could apply to your own wireframe design for your term project.

Also, you can also check out the final version of the Lake Level Viewer.

Read:

Mediating Geovisualization to Potential Users And Prototyping a Geovisualization Application by David Lloyd, Jason Dykes, and Robert Radburn. (also available via Canvas)

Respond

Lloyd & co-authors describe some of the challenges associated with designing geographic visualization tools for users who aren't currently familiar with most geovisualization techniques. They highlight a range of prototyping methods and reflect on their advantages/disadvantages. I would like you to discuss which methods you think will work best for designing tools in the work contexts you're most familiar with. Would you modify some of these methods to better suit your needs? Why or why not? To get credit for this assignment, you must post at least one original comment and respond to at least one comment by your fellow students. I encourage you to include links to other content that bolsters your argument.

Joining the Discussion

The Lesson 4 Reading Discussion should be completed in Canvas.