Illustrative visualization is computer-supported interactive and
expressive visual abstraction, motivated by traditional illustrations.
This technology applies to scientific problem domains such as medicine,
earth sciences, and material sciences. They all have in common that
the subjects of study are complex 3D or 4D structures. Recent
developments of illustrative information visualization indicate
even the applicability to abstract high-dimensional data.
A recent interdisciplinary gathering on illustrative visualization,
i.e., IllustraVis09, has
emphasized the importance of a closer cooperation between visualization
technologists and illustrators for advancing visual abstraction technology.
Advancing the role of semantics in illustrative visualization, for
example, requires interdisciplinary cooperation with the target domain.
Combining illustrative visualization with another technology, such as
sketch-based interfaces, seems to be another interesting opportunity.
Also the great potential utility of illustative visualization in
information dissemination for education or visual communication for
masses is leading to interesting new technology. Other technological
challenges include the visual integration of data/information from
multiple sources, uncertainty handling, or perceptual aspects of
This special issue on Illustrative Visualization of the Computers
and Graphics journal seeks for articles that present new research
according to (but not necessarily limited to) the following topics:
novel visual abstractions
stylized rendering (line drawing, style transfer)
expressive techniques (cut-aways, peel-aways, exploded views)
temporal illustrative visualization
computerized storytelling and reporting
high-level interaction schemes
combination of skech-based interfaces with visualization
illustrative visualization in immersive environments
applications of illustrative visualization
evaluation of illustrative visualization
taxonomy for illustrative visualization
perceptual aspects of illustrative visualization
illustrative visualization for the masses
illustrative information visualization
For details about how to submit visit the C&G style and length
guidelines for authors at
The paper should be submitted through the journal submission system
Please select Illustrative Visualization as the special section title.
In case of further questions with respect to the submission procedure,
please contact authorsupportelsevier.com.
Submission deadline: October 15
First decision: November 30
Revised Versions: January 15
Second Review due: March 1
Revised Versions due March 30
For further inquiries, please contact the Guest Editors:
Ivan Viola, ivan.violauib.no
Helwig Hauser, Helwig.HauserUiB.no
David Ebert, ebertdpurdue.edu