Narrative Visualization


Nvis2015 - International Workshop

Narrative Visualization and Storytelling

21, 22, 23 and 24 July 2015

The University of Barcelona ● Barcelona ● Spain ●





Narrative visualization is an emerging genre focused on the effective communication of complex data to an audience using visualization, in a way that is both engaging and that promotes the sharing of insights. This genre of visualization emphasizes the communicative intent of visualization and its popularity is rising among different audiences but specially when used in journalism. Using narrative elements in visualizations often help create a structured interpretation path that usually does not exist in traditional information visualization. Moreover, these narrative driven visualizations can exist independently, without the need of other supportive means of storytelling, being able to get the point across easily and in sufficient detail for the audience to clearly understand.

The Narrative Visualization symposium will be focused on the review of current state-of-the-art developments and the outline future directions for research and practice around storytelling using visualization. The goal is to highlight examples of effective use of storytelling in visualization, approach issues such as interactivity and visual metaphors, identify adequate tools in the area, and to identify areas for further research.

The scope of the NVis symposium will cover all aspects of Narrative Visualization and of telling stories with data, which includes many different issues such as:


·         How does visualization support telling a story with data?

·         Which are the best techniques to tell stories in a more visual way?

·         Which elements have to be present in order to have an effective storytelling?

·         Which elements of traditional storytelling can be embedded in data-driven visualization?

·         How do we balance the narrative flow without disturbing the experience of discovery?

·         What elements of design, patterns, and types of interactivity help us to better tell these storydriven visualizations?

·         What is the correct balance between narrative and visualization?

·         How does interactivity help storytelling in visualization?

·         Which visual metaphors support storytelling in visualization?

·         What requirements do authors have for creating these visualizations?

·         Which types of visualizations appeal to the public?


Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following areas:


·         Narrative Visualization Theory: methodologies and typologies

·         Narrative Visualization in Practice: techniques, methodologies, and case studies (in

·         Journalism, Business, Marketing, Design, Art, etc.)

·         Tools for Storytelling

·         User evaluation


Submission procedures: http://www.graphicslink.co.uk/IV2015/PAPERS.htm

Further information: http://www.graphicslink.co.uk/IV2015/


Nvis2015 Workshop  Advisory, Programme and reviewing committee:

Nahum Gershon MITRE Corporation, USA
Wolfgang Mueller, Univ. of Education Weingarten, Germany
Maarten Lambrechts, Mediafin (Belgian media group), Belgium
Marta Pinto Carvalho, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Nicholas Diakopoulos, University of Maryland, USA

Pedro Miguel Cruz,  Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Manuela Waldner, Technische Universität Wien, Austria




All NVis enquiries should be addressed to:

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Ana Figueiras

FCSH – Universidade Nova de Lisboa


All other enquiries and submissions should be addressed to:
Conference Co-ordinator

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