A Review of the Usage and Design of Curves in Information Visualization

This paper reviews the many ways curves are used to encode data in information visualization. As part of our review, we introduce a curve-based visualization framework where data can be encoded in two major ways: i) through a curve’s shape (a process we call embedding) and ii) through a curve’s local visual attributes (a process we call enrichment). Our framework helps describing and organizing the rich design space of curve-based data visualizations, and offer inspiration for novel data visualizations.