The Seven Tasks for Visual Information Environments

The Seven Tasks for Visual Information Environments By Ben Shneiderman (1996):

  • Overview Gain an overview of the entire collection
  • Zoom Zoom in on items of interest
  • Filter Filter out uninteresting items
  • Details-On-Demand Select an item or group and get details when needed
  • Relate View relationships among items
  • History Keep a history of actions to support undo, replay, and progressive refinement
  • Extract Allow extraction of sub-collections and of the query parameters

“Overview first, zoom and filter, then details-on-demand”