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Ninth International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV'05) (2005)
London, England
July 6, 2005 to July 8, 2005
ISSN: 1550-6037
ISBN: 0-7695-2397-8
pp: 439-444
Xiu Wu Huang , Concordia University
Cheryl Kolak Dudek , Concordia University
Lydia Sharman , Concordia University
Fred E. Szabo , Concordia University
The idea of superimposing geometric grids on images to visualize their content is not new. Leonardo Da Vinci used it, D?urer used it, and Descartes pioneered the use of geometric grids to describe geometric content with algebraic equations. Shape grammars take the algebraic analysis of images to a new dynamic level. They permit the visualization of images in terms of construction processes: generators and relations, in the language of algebra. In this paper, we discuss some of the creativity involved in the identification of initial objects and rules for the analysis of both a Zillij mosaic and a Kuba cloth. We show that although conceptually similar, the processes are quite different for the two types of design. While Zillij mosaics are regular, Kuba cloths also involve scaling: the variation of the size of repeated sub-patterns within a defined space.
Design, image template, Kuba cloths, Mathematica function, shape grammar, shape-grammar form, shape-grammar rule, visualization, Zillij mosaics

F. E. Szabo, L. Sharman, X. W. Huang and C. K. Dudek, "From Form to Content: Using Shape Grammars for Image Visualization," Ninth International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV'05)(IV), London, England, 2005, pp. 439-444.
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