Space to think: large high-resolution displays for sensemaking

Space to think: large high-resolution displays for sensemaking [1]


This paper shows how the environment of large, high resolution displays supports sens-making by becoming apart of the cognitive process.


1) What they showed was that it was much easier to look for things in a giant workspace, and one of the reasons is that since everything was already on the desktop, it was not only faster to scan, but because of that, you would not have to go back and look at the original information since the original information is still in your temporary memory.

2) What i noticed from reading this article, is that this can be compared to someone using a desk to file papers and the other people to have to only use a folder. And that visually scanning the desk or workspace in this case would be much easier then having to look through a folder or a list of programs that are currently in use.

3) To add to what there study as said, I worked for a company this past summer that allowed me to have a 2x2 grid after working on a 2x1 grid for awhile, and it was a lot easier to use since I did not have to keep switching workspaces and keep maximizing and minimizing browsers.


1) They should have mentioned what task was at hand so the reader could get a better feel of what had to be done and possibly how they would want to organize on a large display.

2) They said that one of the people being tested on this found a program to automatically organize everything, they should of not had those to have any outliers nonexistent, and have more accurate data.

3) I think that it would have been a more accurate study if the people using the one monitor would be able to use a monitor of the size that the workspace people were using.

1. Christopher Andrews , Alex Endert , Chris North Space to think: large high-resolution displays for sensemaking.