‘A Is for Art’ – My Drawings, Your Paintings

  • Min Zhang
  • Sarah Atkinson
  • Natasha Alechina
  • Guoping Qiu
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8158)


The booming development of digital technologies has significant effects on the way that human see and feel this world. The digitalization of artworks raises a set of interesting topics with the aim of making the artworks accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. In this paper, an Android Mobile App ‘A is for Art’ was developed to help the general public to find paintings using free-hand drawings, with the aim of involving more people with the Visual Art in an interesting way, particularly the paintings from the Tate Collection. A focus group for usability evaluation was conducted, and several design principles were drawn from the phases of development and evaluation.


Digital Engagement Visual Art Mobile App Image Retrieval Painting Free-hand Drawing Design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Min Zhang
    • 1
  • Sarah Atkinson
    • 2
  • Natasha Alechina
    • 3
  • Guoping Qiu
    • 3
  1. 1.Horizon Doctoral Training Centre, School of Computer ScienceUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Human Factors Research Group, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing EngineeringUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  3. 3.School of Computer ScienceUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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