Aesthetic Expectations for Information Visualization

Aesthetic Expectations for Information Visualization

Anna Ursyn (University of Northern Colorado, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0285-4.ch002
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This article explores the landscape of creative endeavors in the new media art and reflects on aesthetics of information visualization. When using computer based information visualization to show data interactively in many dimensions, the user can navigate across big data sets, find patterns, relationships, and structures that would be invisible if presented numerically. The authors also explore ways of combining information visualization techniques with the principles of creative design, enhancing artistic influences on the technical implementations, and raising the level of training in design. Finally, the authors offer suggestions for creating knowledge visualizations with the use of art and graphics to strengthen the readiness of computer scientists to fulfill aesthetic expectations and gain recognition from art world specialists for factual solutions done in visualization projects and new forms of art.
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The Changing Landscape Of Creative Endeavors

A wide variety of available technologies may allow people from various disciplines strive to unite the artistic content of a work with presentation and organization of the data. How both are solved graphically and aesthetically, poses an important question. The evolving presence of computer graphics created many opportunities for people not necessarily trained in visual arts. Visualization projects are mostly done by specialists in computer science having small amount of background in art or design, while artists and designers often work on visualization without much knowledge in computer science (Kosara, 2007). According to Kosara, a minimal set of requirements for any visualization comprises an image based on data that is readable and recognizable.

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