Specimen Box - an exploratory visualization & sonification tool built for Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit by The Office for Creative Research.
The guessing game: The following three sketches are made based on general attributes of a pie chart, a line graph and a Venn diagram perceived by sighted users. Please listen to each sketch and try to map each sketch to one of these three diagrams. Please share your results as well as your thought process or any interesting insights:
Answers and Received Feedback:
Sketch#1 is supposed to represent a Line Graph. It is tried to use natural sounds in this sketch to see how natural affordances help listeners identify the presented values.
Sketch#2 is supposed to represent a Pie Chart. It is tried to use sounds from the same family to represent a whole.
Sketch#3 is supposed to present a Venn diagram with three sections.
The following sonification sketches are based on the attached sketch to explore different ways of sonifying a Pie chart. Unlike the Round#1 Sketches, these ones are made based on a real pie chart and the timing of each value is very close to an accurate measure. A legend has been added to the piece. In the first sketch, the timing and values have 1:1 proportion, however, the timing has been cut into half for the rest of the sketches. Before listening please start with low volume and then adjust based on your preference. The goal is to spot the dominant Operating Systems market shares by listening to the following sketches.
Round#2 sketches have been edited based on the feedback received from the team. The following changes have been applied:
To start exploring how charts and graphs can be visualized, the team is going to test building a tool that can both visualize a pie chart and also create a sonic version of it. The following sketch has been proposed, and it is being reviewed by the team for further modifications.
The following wireframes display 4 phases of the pie chart tool development. In the first phase, only the essential features are integrated. In the following phases, additional features are integrated to enable customization of the entire chart as well as its individual sections.
Round 3 sketches were developed based on the previous rounds’ sketches, but other features were also added. Different sounds and legend styles were used in order to reproduce the following pie chart:
Sketch #1-R3 – Audio legend is placed in the beginning; different sounds were used to represent each section, with the duration being a metaphor for size; nonstop play back.
Sketch #2-R3 – Audio legend is placed in the beginning of each section; different sounds were used to represent each section, with the duration being a metaphor for size; sectioned play back.
Sketch #3-R3 – Audio legend is placed in the beginning; only one sound is used to represent the market share, and the sections are separated by a bell sound; nonstop play back
Sketch #4-R3 – Audio legend is placed in the beginning; only one sound is used to represent the market share, and the sections are separated by a bell sound; sounds to indicate ten units and units were added as a metaphor for numbers; nonstop play back.
Sketch #5-R3 – Audio legend is placed in the beginning of each section; different sounds were used to represent each section, with the duration being a metaphor for size; sections are presented in pairs to help compare them; sectioned play back
Sketch #6-R3 – Audio legend is placed in the beginning of each section, but is considered part of the sonic chart; only one sound is used to represent the market share, and the sections are represented by echoed legend; a sound was added to represent ten units; the market share sound gets faster as the sections gets smaller; nonstop play back
Some early and rough experiments with stacking sounds.
Stacked Right with Units - Pitch and Timbre
Combinations - Stacked + Sequential