Activity 1.3: Journal research (Option 1: Data visualisation)

The following article compares and contrasts the ideas presented in the two topics, “persuasive technology for sustainable workplaces” by Lockton et al (2014) and “Form + code in design art and architecture” by Reas, C., & McWilliams, C. (2010), on data visualisation.

In their article, persuasive technology for sustainable workplaces, Lockton et al (2014) help us to understand that sustainability is a major focus in the field of behaviour change, with the usual aim of designing systems that influence users’ actions. One of the main focuses of this article is to influence people to adopt data visualisation systems individually or in groups through different numbers of design approaches.

According to Reas & McWilliams (2010), data visualisation clarifies and helps viewers to see and understand analytics presented in graphical and pictorial format, so that the information can be easily understood. In their article “Form + code in design art and architecture”, they help us understand how different kinds of data visualisation can reveal and show the relations between data and what it explains. For example, they illustrated Treemap – which is a technique to demonstrate visually refined objects that show the relations between one or more data. They further discussed Time-series visualisation as a static or animated image that combines data through motion; and compresses many moments into a single frame.


Applying data big visualisation to data mining [Image]. (n.d.).. Retrieved from

Lockton, D., Nicholson, L., Cain, R. & Harrison, D. (2014). Persuasive technology for sustainable workplaces. Interactions, 21, 1, pp. 58-61.

Reas, C., & McWilliams, C. (2010). Form + code in design, art and architecture. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. Retrieved from



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