Unlike A.I or algorithms, we, Humans, have specific needs to understand things.
And … [spoiler alert] … It won’t change any time soon.
User experience (UX) has to be at the very core of any data visualization software. Afterall, that’s the layer that transforms information for our eyes and our brain! UX is the bridge between the digital and the physical world.
With the data deluge, we need agile, engaging and efficient solutions to view, explore and analyze data. We continuously have to find better ways to interact with the digital world we are building.
Some words about me (the Past)
I usually don’t like talking about me, but since you’re here, I assume that you’d like to learn a little about me and the company.
My name is James Dugalais, founder of Quantyl technologies corp.
I’m native French and Canadian. Quantyl is a Canadian company, located in South Montreal.
I am a software developer by heart. I dedicated a large part of my professional life to build and deliver high end softwares where interactive visualization and authoring are predominent (CAD, AEC, DCC etc.). I served industries where user experience is key to interact with 3D complex environments: Large virtual manufactured assemblies like planes, cars, ships, buildings or powerplant.
I co-founded a french successful VC-backed startup, Seemage, acquired by Dassault Systemes where I worked with awesome people. Seemage products are still in use today at industrial scale with small and large customer deployments all over the world (SolidWorks Composer).
... How things started (the Now)
End 2011, I made the choice to bring my knowledge and money to bootstrap a new project to explore the wide “data visualization” domain, starting with financial time series…
I believe that non-photorealistic “interactive visualization” is one of the most interesting challenge of computer graphics. How to display and manipulate pieces of information in the most efficient ways? It’s not a direct transposition of our physical world, we have to invent new paradigms to extend our natural human capabilities.
I saw an opportunity to make things different, to enrich what we do and how we do it. I was completely free for the first time, exciting and scary. One of my bet was the growth of multicore support in mainstream machines.
I should have been more humble, because “dataviz” crosses so much areas, that I had to reconsider some of my technical beliefs. It was the start of a journey I didn’t really expected at this time. I have experienced many trials and failures, but also the joy of surprising discoveries.
The first product of this ongoing journey is a professional application that matches what I envisioned for my own use: Quantyl Discovery.