The Aesthetics of the Underworld (English)

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Although the development of computational aesthetics has largely concentrated on 3D geometry and illustrative rendering, aesthetics are equally an important principle underlying 2D graphics and information visualization. A canonical example is Beck's design of the London underground map, which not only produced an informative and practical artefact, but also established a design aesthetic that has been widely adopted in other applications. This paper contributes a novel hybrid view to the debate on aesthetics. It arises from a practical industrial problem, that of mapping the vast network of underground assets, and producing outputs that can be readily comprehended by a range of users, from back-office planning staff through to on-site excavation teams. This work describes the link between asset drawing aesthetics and tasks, and discusses methods developed to support the presentation of integrated asset data. It distinguishes a holistic approach to visual complexity, taking clutter as one component of aesthetics, from the graph-theoretic reductionist model needed to measure and remove clutter. We argue that ?de-cluttering' does not mean loss of information, but rather repackaging details to make them more accessible. In this respect, aesthetics have a fundamental role in implementing Schneiderman's mantra of 'overview, zoom & filter, details-on-demand' for information visualization.

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Inadvertent - Ars Accidentalis
Germen, Murat | 2008
Composition in Perspectives
Fourquet, Elodie | 2008
Fast Visualisation and Interactive Design of Deterministic Fractals
Banisch, Sven / Sbert, Mateu | 2008
Animating Persian Floral Patterns
Etemad, Katayoon / Samavati, Faramarz F. / Prusinkiewicz, Przemyslaw | 2008
Seamless Integration of Labels into Interactive Virtual 3D Environments Using Parameterized Hulls
Maass, Stefan / Döllner, Jürgen | 2008
The Aesthetics of the Underworld
Boukhelifa, Nadia / Duke, David J. | 2008
Expressive Trajectories
Velho, Luiz / Martins, Julio / Bodanzky, Alice / Paterman, Ilana / Cordeiro, Analivia | 2008
Watercolor Illustrations of CAD Data
Luft, Thomas / Kobs, Frank / Zinser, Walter / Deussen, Oliver | 2008
Arty Shapes
Song, Yi-Zhe / Rosin, Paul L. / Hall, Peter M. / Collomosse, John | 2008
Mimicking Hand-Drawn Pencil Lines
Meraj, Zainab / Wyvill, Brian / Isenberg, Tobias / Gooch, Amy A. / Guy, Richard | 2008
Modeling and Synthesis of Aperture Effects in Cameras
Lanman, Douglas / Raskar, Ramesh / Taubin, Gabriel | 2008
Applications of High Precision Imaging Polarimetry
Neumann, Laszlo / Hegedus, Ramon / Horváth, Gábor / Garcia, Rafael | 2008
Improving Scans of Black and White photographs by Recovering the Print Maker's Artistic Intent
German, Daniel M. | 2008
Regularity and Randomness in Bridget Riley's Aarly Op Art
Dodgson, Neil A. | 2008
Informational Dialogue with Van Gogh's Paintings
Rigau, Jaume / Feixas, Miquel / Sbert, Mateu | 2008
Pictorial Analysis of Line-drawings
Hurtut, Thomas / Gousseau, Yann / Cheriet, Farida / Schmitt, Francis | 2008
Perceptual and Computational Categories in Art
Wallraven, Christian / Cunningham, Douglas W. / Fleming, Roland | 2008