Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Ali Jahanian
    Pages 1-6
  3. Ali Jahanian
    Pages 15-55
  4. Ali Jahanian
    Pages 57-68
  5. Ali Jahanian
    Pages 101-115
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 117-137

About this book


In this thesis, the author makes several contributions to the study of design of graphical materials. The thesis begins with a review of the relationship between design and aesthetics, and the use of mathematical models to capture this relationship. Then, a novel method for linking linguistic concepts to colors using the Latent Dirichlet Allocation Dual Topic Model is proposed.  Next, the thesis studies the relationship between aesthetics and spatial layout by formalizing the notion of visual balance.  Applying principles of salience and Gaussian mixture models over a body of about 120,000 aesthetically rated professional photographs, the author provides confirmation of Arnhem's theory about spatial layout.  The thesis concludes with a description of tools to support automatically generating personalized design.
  • Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by Purdue University, USA
  • Focuses on the automatic design of visual media and the quantification of such designs' aesthetics
  • Tackles the understanding of visual design concepts and principles to create solutions and interactions for users who are part of the design creation system
  • Proposes approaches toward understanding design thinking in design of self-publishing media


Gaussian mixture models Latent Dirichlet Allocation Dual Topic Model graphical materials quantification of Aesthetics quantification of Visual Design automatic design of visual media Design Mining

Authors and affiliations

  • Ali┬áJahanian
    • 1
  1. 1.CSAILMassachusetts Institute of Technology CSAILCambridgeUSA

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