4th IEEE Workshop on Visualization Guidelines in Research, Design, and Education

Workshop at IEEE VIS, October 17, Oklahoma City, USA

Deadline for submissions: August 5 (midnight, PDT)


The VisGuides 2022 Workshop focuses on the analysis, design, reflection, and discussion of applicable frameworks to mastering guidelines in visualization by the broader visualization community, embedded in a larger research agenda of visualization theory and practices. It follows-up the ideas from the IEEE VIS 2016, 2018, and 2020 Workshop on Creation, Curation, Critique and Conditioning of Principles and Guidelines in Visualization (C4PGV).

The workshop also features an open call for being part of the program committee (PC) to provide an opportunity to advocate for guidelines in a broad range of topics. If you would like to get involved, contact bbach (at)

The workshop will be held in a hybrid format. You can attend online or in person though we hope that you can join us in-person. Online sessions will be synchronous with the in-person workshop.

Topics and Scope

The IEEE VIS VisGuides workshop is a forum for constructive discussions around guidelines in visualization and how the visualization researchers and creators disseminate and discuss their designs. The understanding and operationalization of guidelines is important not only for academics, but also for practitioners alike, who are tasked to make design trade-offs, problem-solving, and justify decisions. Moreover, guidelines are essential for teaching and learning about visualization. Questions this workshop wants to discuss include:

  • What visualization guidelines exist and how do we (as a scientific community) collect and disseminate them?

  • How do we apply and discuss guidelines in daily-work practice, in design, in advising, and in teaching?

  • What is the role of visualization knowledge and guidelines in the wild, i.e., outside the scientific community?

  • How to scrutinize empirical knowledge and make a discussion around guidelines public?

  • What are types of guidelines, guidance, and how do we formalize visualization knowledge?

  • How can we systematize, rank and categorize guidelines in the wild?


  • Illustrating the use of best practices and guidelines in the wild as seen from the VIS community and practitioners, through discussions among the presenters and the audience.Collecting, reflecting and discussing a survey of well-known guidelines from the presenters and the audience through interactive activities, examples, and submissions

  • Constructing an open and democratic discussion about principles, guidelines, recommendations, based on the presented evidence (including examples of their uses and misuses), critique (including revision and improvement) and conditioning (i.e., education, training, and deployment) compiling the lessons learned from the usage of those guidelines

  • Discussing ideas and proposals of feasible approaches towards the formalization of visualization guidelines, with an impact beyond the scientific visualization community; This is an important point as more and more visualization designs are created outside the scientific community and the community must reinforce the efforts to publicize their study results

  • To raise questions about the ethical, practical, and technical implications of establishing guidelines for visualization; Broadening the discussion of guidelines to applications and educational contexts

Schedule (Preliminary)

  • Keynote
  • Paper presentations
  • Group discussion (possible breakout groups)
    • Collecting & curating guidelines
    • Application in education
    • Research in the wild
    • Social dynamics and operationalization
  • Wrap-up


Submit your work and ideas as either a short paper, long paper, or a guideline report discussing a guideline, its empirical evidence, application, and limitations. Become part of a vibrant half-day workshop that will bring together an exciting program with papers and discussions on the future of guidelines in visualization. Please check here for submission information.


Workshop Co-chairs

Benjamin Bach, University of Edinburgh

Alfie Abdul-Rahman, King’s College London

Alexandra Diehl, University of Zurich

Advisory Board

Min Chen, University of Oxford

Daniel Keim, University of Konstanz

Renato Pajarola, University of Zurich

Program Committee

Andrew McNutt, University of Chicago

Arzu Çöltekin, University of Applied Sciences & Arts Northwestern Switzerland

Eser Kandogan, Megagon Labs

Georges Hattab, University of Marburg

Lane Harrison, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Nadia Boukhelifa, Université Paris-Saclay

Robert Laramee, University of Nottingham

Sara Di Bartolomeo, Northeastern University

Ulrich Engelke, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation


Gabriel Dias Cantareira, King’s College London