Nuwa: An Authoring Tool for Graph Visualizations

Dongming Han, Haiyang Zhu, Wei Chen, Jiacheng Pan, Ran Chen, Xumeng Wang, Zhen Wen, Luoxuan Weng, Minfeng Zhu, Yingcai Wu, Rudiger Westermann

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Authoring graph visualization requires advanced programming skills, expert domain knowledge, and significant workload. Existing authoring tools either support limited templates of graph visualization, or suffer from a high learning cost. We analyze the design requirements on a tool for graph visualizations, and contribute Nuwa, a user-friendly declarative authoring tool for the interactive specification of graph visualizations in terms of data, entity, change, and encoding. Our implementation empowers users to conveniently create, compare, and modulate comprehensive graph visualizations with a wide range of styles. We showcase various examples to verify the expressiveness of Nuwa. Via an expert interview and the analysis on cognitive dimensions we evaluate the usability of Nuwa.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2024 IEEE 17th Pacific Visualization Conference, PacificVis 2024
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9798350393804
StatePublished - 2024
Event17th IEEE Pacific Visualization Conference, PacificVis 2024 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 23 Apr 202426 Apr 2024

Publication series

NameIEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium
ISSN (Print)2165-8765
ISSN (Electronic)2165-8773


Conference17th IEEE Pacific Visualization Conference, PacificVis 2024


  • Authoring tool
  • Graph visualization


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