Researchlast updated 11/2/2016.
I am pursuing a PhD in computing with a focus on computer graphics and visualization. I am primarily interested in developing visualization tools to help scientists and scholars answer their big research questions and better understand their data. My PhD Advisor is Miriah Meyer. Brief summaries of my research projects are provided below.
Action Design Research and Visualization DesignN. McCurdy, J. Dykes, M. Meyer, BELIV 2016
[Abstract] In applied visualization research, artifacts are shaped by a series of small design decisions, many of which are evaluated quickly and informally via methods that often go unreported and unverified. Such design decisions are influenced not only by visualization theory, but also by the people and context of the research. While existing applied visualization models support a level of reliability throughout the design process, they fail to explicitly address the influence of the research context in shaping the resulting design artifacts. In this work we look to action design research (ADR) for insight into this gap. In particular, ADR offers a framework along with a set of guiding principles for navigating and capitalizing on the disruptive, subjective, human-centered nature of applied design research, while aiming to ensure reliability of the process and design. We explore the utility of ADR in increasing reliability of applied visualization design research by: describing ADR in the language and constructs developed within the visualization community; comparing ADR to existing visualization methodologies; and analyzing a recent design study retrospectively through the lens of ADR’s framework and principles.
The following projects are the result of an ongoing collaboration with several Poetry scholars at the University of Utah, developing visualization systems in support of the close reading of poetry
RhymeDesign: A Tool for Analyzing Sonic Devices in PoetryN. McCurdy, V. Srikumar, M. Meyer, CLFL 2015
Poemage: Visualizing the Sonic Topology of a PoemN. McCurdy, J. Lein, K. Coles, M. Meyer, VIS 2015