Computational Graphic Design: Colors, Fonts, and Layout

Speaker: Aaron Hertzmann , Adobe Research

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013

Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

Refreshments: 10:45 AM

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Location: 32-D463

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I will present current research projects on understanding and creating graphic designs. Graphic design is a field with a very long history. There is a lot of expert knowledge and folklore involved in design, but little science. By using large, online datasets, design insights, and machine learning, we can study graphic design in a more rigorous way, and also create better tools for amateurs and professionals. I will describe some very initial efforts in these directions, in the areas of color compatibility, font selection, and single-page layout.

This is joint work with Peter O'Donovan, J?nis L?beks, and Aseem Agarwala.


Aaron Hertzmann is a Senior Research Scientist at Adobe Systems. He received a BA in Computer Science and Art/Art History from Rice University in 1996, and a PhD in Computer Science from New York University in 2001, respectively. He was a Professor at University of Toronto for ten years, and has also worked at Pixar Animation Studios, University of Washington, Microsoft Research, Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab, Interval Research Corporation and NEC Research. He is a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and an associate editor for ACM Transactions on Graphics. His awards include the MIT TR100 (2004), an Ontario Early Researcher Award (2005), a Sloan Foundation Fellowship (2006), a Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship (2006), the CACS/AIC Outstanding Young CS Researcher Award (2010), the Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences (2010), the Rice Outstanding Young Engineering Alumnus (2011), and the BMVC Best Science Paper Award (2013).

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