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Telling stories about dynamic networks with graph comics.

Bach, Benjamin; Kerracher, Natalie; Hall, Kyle Wm.; Carpendale, Sheelagh; Kennedy, Jessie; Henry Riche, Nathalie


Benjamin Bach

Natalie Kerracher

Kyle Wm. Hall

Sheelagh Carpendale

Nathalie Henry Riche


In this paper, we explore graph comics as a medium to communicate
changes in dynamic networks. While previous research
has focused on visualizing dynamic networks for data
exploration, we want to see if we can take advantage of the
visual expressiveness and familiarity of comics to present and
explain temporal changes in networks to an audience. To understand
the potential of comics as a storytelling medium, we
first created a variety of comics during a 3 month structured
design process, involving domain experts from public education
and neuroscience. This process led to the definition of 8
design factors for creating graph comics and propose design
solutions for each. Results from a qualitative study suggest
that a general audience is quickly able understand complex
temporal changes through graph comics, provided with minimal
textual annotations and no training.


Bach, B., Kerracher, N., Hall, K. W., Carpendale, S., Kennedy, J., & Henry Riche, N. (2016, May). Telling stories about dynamic networks with graph comics. Presented at CHI 16

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name CHI 16
Start Date May 7, 2016
End Date May 12, 2016
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2016
Online Publication Date Jul 5, 2016
Publication Date Jul 5, 2016
Deposit Date Mar 8, 2016
Publicly Available Date May 15, 2017
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-13
Book Title Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'16).
ISBN 978-1-4503-3362-7
Keywords Information Visualization; Data-Driven Storytelling;Network Visualization; Dynamic Networks; Comics;
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Contract Date May 15, 2017


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