After using the Fitbit for 3 weeks, and gaining some insight into the data interface, the following propositions were made to discuss animated alternate portrayals of data. In the study, we were interested in how the data engages our mood and personality differences, and how icon behavior could narrow the gaps in cognitive dissonance in attitude and behavior for exercise. As with most of our visualizations, we want the user to have a sense of time, to understand their participation albeit in a humorous way.
We find it important to explore how in design a metaphor linking data to an activity offers a mood changing perspective. By designing an optimistic animation of the intended behavior we look to offer simple and immediate mechanisms to understand achievement. The last 50 steps I just took celebrate the steps and equally show my heart rate, lung-rate, and my whole body benefit - even for my small increments. By creating a connection between different data levels, users not only read and understand more clearly the stages of their personal data but also see the invisible connections behind the data, learning how their body works as a whole system. We believe that when design visualization is used in this manner the audience receives greater support for their small accomplishments, aligning their attitude, thoughts, and beliefs with a long-term optimism that will keep them engaged.