Date and Location: The workshop will be held on Sunday, October 20, 9am to 12:20pm at IEEE VIS in the Vancouver Convention Centre East Building.

While visualization research is still largely focused on data analysis, most people experience visualization as 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 brings together practitioners and researchers from a broad range of disciplines to address questions raised by visualization’s new communicative role. We encourage participation from journalists, designers and others that do not typically attend IEEE Vis.


VisComm Session 1: Visualization for Specific Audiences (9:00am - 10:30am)

Visualization Onboarding: Learning how to Read and Use Visualizations
Christina Stoiber, Florian-Gregor Grassinger, Margit Pohl, Holger Stitz, Marc Streit, and Wolfgang Aigner
Designing Communicative Visualization for People with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities
Keke Wu, Shea Tanis, and Danielle Albers Szafir
LEGO as Language for Visual Communication
Stuart Flack, Kevin Ponto, Travis Tangen, and Karen Schloss
Visual Case Study
Colors and Imagery in Tailored Infographics for Communicating Health Information to Patients and Research Participants
Adriana Arcia

Break (10:30am - 10:50am)

VisComm Session 2: Visualization for Communication & Journalism (10:50am - 12:20pm)

Visual Communication and Heuristics: Challenges and Directions from Across the Disciplines
David Berube
Categorizing and Ranking Graphs in the American Economic Review Over the Last Century
Jon Schwabish
Data Visualization + Scrollytelling for Election News Stories : Challenges and Perspectives by Jean-Philippe Corbeil, Florent Daudens and Thomas Hurtut
Visual Case Study
Launching the Parametric Press by Matthew Conlen and Fred Hohman
Visual Case Study
Guiding the Reader to Statistical Focus and Context of Industrial News Reports by Ken Wakita and Kohei Arimoto
A Visualization Course for Journalism Students by Stefan Jänicke

Accepted, but not Presented

A study of Production and Consumption of Information Graphics in Indian Regional Newspapers by Udayan Vidyanta and Venkatesh Rajamanickam
Creating a Buzz around Corporate Reputation with Beeswarm Plots by Iain Dillingham and Aoife McCarthy
Visual Case Study
Vernacular Visualization Practices
Jaime Snyder


VisComm has four submission tracks: short papers (research or position), posters, and visual case studies.

Short Research Papers

Research papers between 2 and 6 pages long, with length matching content. Research papers will be reviewed based on how well claims are supported by evidence. Submissions are expected to include all materials and data needed to replicate and reproduce any figures, analyses, and methods. If anything cannot be publicly shared (e.g., for data privacy concerns), state the reason in the paper.

Short Position Papers

We invite submission of position papers between 2 and 6 pages long, with length matching content. Position papers are problem discussions or statements describing the author’s relevant experience and ideas with regards to methods and methodologies for visualization research, and in particular the focus topic of the workshop. Position papers will be selected according to their importance and relevance for the workshop topics and how well they will fit the planned discussions.


We invite both late-breaking work and contributions in this area in the form of extended abstracts one to two pages in length (plus an additional page for references), with an optional video.

Visual Case Studies

We invite practitioners to submit a one-page write-up together with a link to an online piece or a short video. The write-up should explain what you made, why you made it, outcome/responses (both expected and unexpected), etc.

The goal is to show the work of journalists, designers, people working for governments or non-profits, etc., who use data to inform and communicate.


deadlines occur at 11:59 PM in the last timezone on Earth.

Paper submission deadline: June 15, 2019 extended to July 15th, 2019

Paper notification: August 1, 2019

Paper camera-ready deadline: August 15, 2019

Poster & case study submission deadline: September 6, 2019

Poster & case study notification: September 13, 2019

Poster & case study camera-ready deadline: September 27, 2019

Speaker schedule available: October 1, 2019

Workshop: Sunday, October 20, 2019


Steve Haroz, Inria (

Noeska Smit, University of Bergen (

Ben Watson, North Carolina State University (

Robert Kosara, Tableau Research (


2018 schedule, papers and posters