BEGIN seminar – Miguel Nacenta

Sebastijan Sekulic
Wednesday 2 October 2019

Date: 15 October 2019
Time: 15:00-16:00
Venue: School VI

Maps, Space and the 2D Plane from the Data and User Interface Perspective

The 2D plane underpins most displays of information and therefore most of the ways in which interface designers and data analysts can dynamically represent information. As a user interface and information visualization designer/researcher I encounter the 2D plane often as a necessity and sometimes as an opportunity to enhance human cognitive processes. Maps, who are the original example of use of the 2D plane to represent information serve often as inspiration.

In this talk, I will discuss some of my most exciting encounters with the 2D plane and maps, and reflect on their deeper affordances to support thinking and understanding. I hope also to engage in conversation with you in the audience about what maps and the 2D plane mean for you and how you use them.


Miguel Nacenta is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews, and a co-founder of SACHI, the St Andrews Human-Computer Interaction group. His work has appeared, among other, in, Fast Co.Design, the MIT Technology review, and the New Scientist. He is generally interested in making everyone able to think better and gain a better understanding of the world through new types of interactive media that allow people to leverage collaboration with computers.

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