Surfacing Visualization Mirages

When reading a visualization is what we see really what we get?

This post summarizes and accompanies our paper “Surfacing Visualization Mirages” that was presented at CHI 2020 with a best paper honorable mention. This post was written collaboratively by Andrew McNutt, Gordon Kindlmann, and Michael Correll.


When reading a visualization, is what we see really what we get? There are a lot of ways that visualizations can mislead us, such that they appear to show us something interesting that disappears on closer…