The Perspective Wall: Detail and Context Smoothly Integrated


Tasks that involve large information spaces overwhelm workspaces that do not support efiicient use of space and time. For example, case studies indicate that information often contains linear components, which can result in 2D layouts with wide, inefficient aspect ratios.This paper describes a technique called the Perspective Wall for visualizing linear information by smoothly integrating detailed and contextual views. It uses hardware support for 3D interactive animation to fold wide 2D layouts into intuitive 3D visualizations that have a center panel for detail and two perspective panels for context. The resulting visualization supports efficient use of space and time.

Jock D Mackinlay
George G Robertson
Stuart K Card
Publication Date: 
Monday, April 1, 1991
Publication Information: 
Proceedings of CHI'91, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. pp. 173-179.