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Visualization for Communication (VisComm)

An IEEE VIS 2018 Workshop


Date and Location: October 21 or 22, 2018 at IEEE VIS in Berlin, Germany

While visualization research is still largely focused on data analysis, most people’s experience with visualization is in the form of communication and presentation. The New York Times and other publications regularly release interactive visuals depicting complex datasets including political topics, budgets, and sports. An independent community of visualization practitioners and bloggers has also sprung up, producing and deconstructing visualizations of data of broad interest. Free visualization tools such as D3, Data Wrapper, Tableau Public, and others are available and widely used.

The VisComm workshop will bring together practitioners and researchers from a broad range of disciplines to address the questions raised by visualization’s new communicative role. We encourage participation from journalists, designers and others that do not typically attend IEEE VIS and write academic manuscripts. Accordingly, we seek not only short papers but also visual case studies: one-page abstracts with video walkthroughs of communicative visualizations.


VisComm seeks contributions addressing questions including:

We particularly encourage contributors to address and illustrate issues like these with visual case studies that demonstrate the success or failure of communicative visualization projects in data journalism, public health and more. Our goal is to consider a broad range of examples and learn from their design decisions and process.


We have two submission tracks: short papers and visual case studies.

Short Papers

We invite submission of traditional research and position papers between 2 and 6 pages long, with length matching content. Format submissions using the VGTC conference style template (not the full paper journal style). Submit papers online through the Precision Conference System (details TBA). Accepted papers will be published on IEEE Xplore and linked from the workshop website. Papers should contain full author names and affiliations. Links to short videos (up to 5 minutes) may also be submitted.

The papers will be juried by the organizers and program committee, then chosen according to relevance, quality, and interest to attendees. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop, and present its contents. Registration information will be available on the IEEE VIS website.

Visual Case Studies

We also invite submission of visual case studies, which are primarily audio-visual descriptions of compelling communicative visualizations. These case studies should describe the communicative message, the choices made in crafting the visualization to deliver that message, and how that visualization succeeded (or failed) in practice.

Visual case studies consist of extended abstracts and a mandatory accompanying video. Abstracts briefly introduce the case study and should be formatted similarly to short papers (see above), but be no more than one page in length. Videos should carry the bulk of case study content and consist largely of a walkthrough of the visualization illustrating its design choices and their contributions to the visualization’s success (or failure). Case study videos should be no more than 5 minutes in length. Both abstract and video should be submitted online through the Precision Conference System (additional details TBA).

The organizers and program committee will evaluate the relevance, quality and anticipated attendee interest of submitted case studies. All case studies accepted for presentation will be published on IEEE Xplore and linked from the workshop website. At least one author of each accepted visual case study must register for the workshop, and perform a live walkthrough of their visualization. Registration information will be available on the IEEE VIS website.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: July 13, 2018

Author notification: August 3, 2018

Camera-ready deadline: August 10, 2018

Speaker Schedule Available: September 15, 2018

Workshop: October 21 or 22, 2018


Ben Watson, North Carolina State University (

Robert Kosara, Tableau Research (


Danyel Fisher, Microsoft Research

Steven Franconeri, Northwestern University

Heather Krause, Datassist

Paul Parsons, Purdue University

Hanspeter Pfister, Harvard University

Ron Rensink, University British Columbia

Noeska Smit, University of Bergen (Norway)

(More names to be added soon)