Leveraging Aesthetic Expression in Visualization to Communicate Positive Facts during COVID-19 Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic is a global public health crisis. Alongside the rapid geographical development and constantly rising number of confirmed cases, mixed spread of information and disinformation also plagued the public with distress, fear, and anxiety, transmitting a negative sentiment across many groups. Facing this, we experiment with the aesthetics of visualizations in educating laymen about positive facts during the pandemic. By blending artistic expressions into the visual encoding, we intend to tell a compelling data story describing the international scientific dedication in fighting the disease collaboratively. We present the visualization to collect feedback and evaluate the expected functions from general audience instead of traditional expert user groups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction, VINCI 2020
EditorsQuang Vinh Nguyen, Ying Zhao, Michael Burch, Michel Westenberg
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450387507
ISBN (Print)9781450387507
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


  • 3D visualization
  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • aesthetics
  • artistic visualization
  • geo-spatial
  • information visualization
  • positive design


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