Innovations in Visualization


Miguel Nacenta
Uta Hinrichs
Sheelagh Carpendale


The FatFonts technique is based on a new type of numeric typeface designed for visualization purposes that bridge the gap between numeric and visual representations. FatFonts are based on Indo-arabic numerals but, unlike regular numeric typefaces, the amount of ink (dark pixels) used for each digit is proportional to its quantitative value. This enables accurate reading of the numerical data while preserving an overall visual context.

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Miguel Nacenta, Uta Hinrichs and Sheelagh Carpendale. FatFonts: Combining the Symbolic and Visual Aspects of Numbers. In AVI 2012: Proceedings of the International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces, 8 pages, May, 2012. PDF Paper