To better understand the types of and variations in visuals that people produce when sketching data, we conducted a qualitative study: We asked people with varying degrees of visualization expertise to sketch a small, relatable, and understandable dataset. As a result we have expanded our view of what a data representation can be and have suggested new directions for future research in information visualization for richer data representations, understanding the relationship between representation and data understanding, and for new infovis authoring tools.
Jagoda Walny, Samuel Huron and Sheelagh Carpendale. An Exploratory Study of Data Sketching for Visual Representation. Computer Graphics Forum, 34(3). The Eurographics Association and John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2015. (Best Paper Award, 2nd Place)
Jagoda Walny and Sheelagh Carpendale. Data Sketches: An Exploratory Study. In Posters Compendium InfoVis, 2014. (Best Poster Award, Honorable Mention)