fredag den 29. januar 2016


Tool for editing Gernes inspired datavisualisations 

Traditionally data visualisations has be programmed by software developers. The Gernes tool version 0.1 is orientated towards endusers with artistic and a minor technical skills.
The current version of the tool is a car without hood. Be carefull!

  1. How to use it
    To get access to the tool you simply double click on the datavisualisation. An Gernes data visualisation can be found at
    Edit an gernes visualisation.

    When double clicking the tool shows up.
    When you are done editing, you either press "Save" or "Close".

    The menu tool gives the designer control over a) which data are visualised, b) artistic properties of the datavisualisation and 3) technical settings of the datavisualisation.

    The showbackground, Showline, showdots, showblocks controls whether element are shown or not. Acceptable values are true and false.

    If you want to control the size or color of elements, e.g. the circles you can set circle_fill, circle_stroke, elementwidth_top(size).

    If you want to control the line between circles  you can setline_style, line_color or line_width.

    And so worth.
  2. Limitations
    The current version works without any control of userinput and any users can destroy the visualisation. Luckily the example can be recreated.

    More properties can indeed be considered. And  interaction of the tool may not be a one long menu.
  3. Considerations
    The usage of Gernes ideas and work is definetly not fullfilled in version 0.1. But elaborated further the tool can rise to a fullfunctional artistic tool rooted in the ideas of Poul Gernes.

Gernes Gallery

This gallery is a very first attempt. The link to the gallery is in the bottom of the article. 

Each artwork is accompagnied with a description. Please feel free to neglect the explanation

Gernes Gallery - PowerPoint(best)
Gernes Gallery Acrobat

(In case of technical problems mail:

Some notes on Gernes data visualisations
The gallery contains data visualisations that balance functionality and aesthetical qualities. The balance here is the final word but a first attempt to dive into a new creative field that is huge in potential solutions.
If the only requirement to the data visualisations is rooted in the data visualisation traditions the expressivity of the data visualisation tools would be ascetic and poor.
If the only requirements was an artistic experiments the datavisualisations would be  odd.
Here you see the first attempt to create an Poul Gernes inspired data visualisations. You have to experience the artwork with an open mind.
The data visualisations have been created in the first limited version of a Gernes inspired data visualisation tool. The tool consist of approx.. 4-5000 lines of code.
The data visualisations are flat, non interactive phenomenas. When reading (Heer & Shneidermann, 2012) and (Yi et al, 2012) you may say that data visualisations has a potential to be a modern diary including all kinds of data including personal qualitative emotions and experiences. The expressivity of data visualisations increase and here are only 2 dimensional visualisations shown. Modern data visualisations can be easily comprehendible with 5-6 dimensions.
Last thing to mention is: The targetgroup of these data visualisations are patients who read data visualisations with hope in mind. Poul Gernes “Colours of Medicine" can give patients that hope.

Error page

Unfortunately has the Gernes Gallary and Workshop been moved

Gernes Gallery - here
Gernes Workshop - here

We do apolise for your inconvinience.


Data visualisation - Gernes Gallery - Work in Progress