In interactive visualisation, there is the word reactive. Well, maybe not literally, but close enough.
The fact is that reactivity, or the propension of a visualisation to respond to user actions, can really help engage the user in a visualisation, and help them understand its results. Both of which are usually good things. How can this reactivity be achieved? Through animations.
So I’ll go ahead and state that animation, if done right, can make any interactive data visualization better.
How is that?
- When coupled with interaction, it’s a very useful way to give feedback to the user. What has changed since their last command? If what’s on screen animates from one state to another, it’s obvious, it stands out and it makes sense. Or, when showing any form of real-time data, animation is pretty much required.
- Animation can bring focus on the important things as a chart loads. Our vision is very sensitive to movement,... keep reading