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Author: Michael Burch

Affiliation: University of Stuttgart, Germany

ISBN: 978-989-758-088-8

Keyword(s): Diagrams, Information Visualization, Aesthetics.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Computer Vision, Visualization and Computer Graphics ; General Data Visualization ; Interpretation and Evaluation Methods ; Perception and Cognition in Visualization ; Usability Studies and Visualization

Abstract: Diagrammatic representations are omnipresent and are used in various application domains. One of their major goal, in particular for information visualization, is to make data visual in a way that a spectator can easily understand the graphical encoding to finally derive insights from the data. As we see, there are various different ways to visually depict data by using visual features in various combinations. In this paper we come up with some thoughts about existing diagram styles, for which we first discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each of them focusing on aesthetics based on readability. Additionally, we describe some initial results on the aesthetics of diagrams which we recorded in a web-based experiment. In this, we asked participants to vote for one of two given diagrams of a given repertoire of 70 of them covering all examined aspects which focuses more on aesthetics in the sense of beauty, not readability. The major result of this experiment unhides a trend towards colo red, 3D, and radial diagrams which stands somewhat in contrast to readability user studies in information visualization oftentimes tending towards 2D and Cartesian diagrams for data exploration. (More)

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Paper citation in several formats:
Burch M. (2015). The Aesthetics of Diagrams.In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2015) ISBN 978-989-758-088-8, pages 262-267. DOI: 10.5220/0005357502620267

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JO - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2015)
TI - The Aesthetics of Diagrams
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PY - 2015
SP - 262
EP - 267
DO - 10.5220/0005357502620267

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