Using visual design expertise to characterize the effectiveness of 2D scientific visualization methods

Daniel Acevedo*, David Laidlaw, Fritz Drury

*Corresponding author for this work

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We present the results from a pilot study that evaluates the effectiveness of 2D visualization methods in terms of a set of design factors, which are subjectively rated by expert visual designers. In collaboration with educators from the Illustration Department at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), we have defined a space of visualization methods using basic visual elements including icon hue, icon size, icon density, and background saturation (see Figure 1). In this initial pilot study we presented our subjects with single variable visualization methods. The results characterize the effectiveness of individual visual elements according to our design factors. We are beginning to test these results by creating two-variable visualizations and studying how the different visual elements interact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVIS 05
Subtitle of host publicationIEEE Visualization 2005, Proceedings
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventVIS 05: IEEE Visualization 2005, Proceedings - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2005Oct 28 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Visualization Conference


OtherVIS 05: IEEE Visualization 2005, Proceedings
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • General Engineering
  • General Computer Science
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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