Visualizing flow data using assorted glyphs

Journal article

A. P. Sawant, C. G. Healey
ACM Crossroads, article 3, vol. 14(2), 2007

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Sawant, A. P., & Healey, C. G. (2007). Visualizing flow data using assorted glyphs. ACM Crossroads, 14(2).

Sawant, A. P., and C. G. Healey. “Visualizing Flow Data Using Assorted Glyphs.” ACM Crossroads 14, no. 2 (2007).

Sawant, A. P., and C. G. Healey. “Visualizing Flow Data Using Assorted Glyphs.” ACM Crossroads, Article 3, vol. 14, no. 2, 2007.


This project visualizes a scientific dataset containing two-dimensional flow data from a simulated supernova collapse provided by astrophysics researchers. We started our project by designing visualizations using multiple hand drawings representing the flow data without taking into consideration the implementation constraints of our designs. We implemented a few of our hand drawn designs. We used an assortment of simple geometric graphical objects, called glyphs, such as, dots, lines, arrows, and triangles to represent the flow at each sample point. We also incorporated transparency in our visualizations. We identified two important goals for our project: (1) design different types of graphical glyphs to support flexibility in their placement and in their ability to represent multidimensional data elements, and (2) build an effective visualization technique that uses glyphs to represent the two-dimensional flow field.