Design Principles for Visual Communication

Speaker: Maneesh Agrawala , UC Berkeley

Date: Friday, October 10, 2008

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Refreshments: 2:45 PM

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Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room 32-G449

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Host: Rob Miller and Fredo Durand, MIT CSAIL

Contact: Michael Bernstein, (617) 253-0452,

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Design Principles for Visual Communication

Effective visualizations can help analysts rapidly find patterns lurking within large data sets and they can help audiences quickly understand complex ideas. Yet, even with the aid of computers, hand-designing effective visualizations is time-consuming and requires considerable human effort. The challenge is to develop new algorithms and user interfaces that facilitate visual communication by making it fast and easy to generate compelling visual content. Skilled human designers use a variety of design principles to improve the perception, cognition and communicative intent of an image. In this talk I'll describe techniques for identifying the appropriate design principles within specific domains including cartography, and structural illustrations of complex architectural, mechanical and anatomical objects. For each of these domains I'll show how to algorithmically instantiate design principles within an automated design system or interactive design tool. I'll conclude by showing how this line of research opens new directions for future work on creating effective visual content.
Maneesh Agrawala is an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. where he works on problems in visualization, computer graphics and human computer interaction. His focus is on investigating how cognitive design principles can be used to improve the effectiveness of visual displays. The goals of this work are to discover the design principles and then instantiate them in both interactive and automated design tools. Recent projects based on this methodology include automated map design algorithms, systems for designing cutaway and exploded view illustrations of complex 3D objects, and interactive tools for manipulating digital photographs and video.

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