Meaningful presentations of photo libraries: rationale and applications of bi-level radial quantum layouts

TitleMeaningful presentations of photo libraries: rationale and applications of bi-level radial quantum layouts
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsKustanowitz J, Shneiderman B
Conference NameProceedings of the 5th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 2005. JCDL '05
Date Published2005/06/07/11
ISBN Number1-58113-876-8
Keywords1024 pixel, 1200 pixel, 1280 pixel, 1310720 pixel, 1600 pixel, 1920000 pixel, Application software, bi-level radial quantum layouts, Computer displays, Computer science, digital libraries, Educational institutions, Image retrieval, Layout, layout generation, Lifting equipment, linear strips, Permission, photo layouts, photo library searching, photo management, Photography, Quantum computing, software libraries, Strips, two-dimensional grid, User interfaces, visual databases, visual presentation, zoomable three dimensional arrangements

Searching photo libraries can be made more satisfying and successful if search results are presented in a way that allows users to gain an overview of the photo categories. Since photo layouts on computer displays are the primary way that users get an overview, we propose a novel approach to show more photos in meaningful groupings. Photo layouts can be linear strips, or zoomable three dimensional arrangements, but the most common form is the two-dimensional grid. This paper introduces a novel bi-level hierarchical layout with motivating examples. In a bilevel hierarchy, one region is designated for primary content - an image, text, or combination. Adjacent to that region, groups of photos are placed radially in an ordered fashion, such that the relationship of the single primary region to its many secondary regions is apparent. A compelling aspect is the interactive experience in which the layout is dynamically resized, allowing users to rapidly, incrementally, and reversibly alter the dimensions and content. It can accommodate hundreds of photos in dozens of regions, can be customized in a corner or center layout, and can scale from an element on a web page to a large poster size. On typical displays (1024 times 1280 or 1200 times 1600 pixels), bi-level radial quantum layouts can conveniently accommodate 2-20 regions with tens or hundreds of photos per region