Call for Participation

*** Note the deadline for submissions has been extended to the 15th July 2018


Through a series of invited talks, alternating with small-group activity-based discussions, the workshop will start to consolidate different efforts of characterizing and evaluating the core properties or “variables” that drive data physicalization, and to define a research agenda in this area.

We aim for this workshop to invite a diverse audience from all fields of professional practice, research, and education from the fields of information design, visualization, and human data interaction.


Workshop submissions may approach the topic of physicalization design practices from a theoretical, practical, and/or empirical perspective. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Design space of data physicalization

  • Data physicalization as a design practice

  • Design patterns of data physicalization

  • Systematic approaches to translating visual variables into physical data encodings

  • Studies of physical properties from a perceptual perspective

  • Teaching data mappings through physicalization in a systematic way

  • Considering material choices

  • Fabrication for physicalization (digital, manual, mixed)

  • The influence of physical environment, usage scenarios, and interaction models on physicalization design and physical encodings

  • Physical encodings in the context of data / visualization literacy

In general, we very much welcome provocative works on the topic as well as works in progress. Works may build on previously published work, but should contribute a new perspective on the topic.

All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two researchers in the area. Accepted works will be made available on the workshop website and included on the IEEE VIS USB key.

Accepted papers will be given an oral presentation slot at the workshop.


Submissions should follow one of the following formats:

Paper: Paper submissions may include position papers, empirical, or theoretical discussions considering systematic approaches toward Data Physicalization. Paper submissions should not exceed 4 pages, including references in the IEEE VIS paper format.

Pictorials/Artifacts: As an alternative to papers, we invite submissions that are more practice-based. These may follow different formats, including a mixture of text and sequential visuals, comic strips, videos, or physical artefacts. Pictorial/Artifact submissions should be limited to 1000 words and 10 pages; videos should not exceed 5 minutes.

Pictorial/Artifact submissions should include reflections on the physical mapping, the design, creation, and the production process of existing physicalizations. We invite pictorial/artifact submissions to reflect in particular on the following questions:

  • Reflecting on your physical mapping process, how did you come up with the physical encoding of the data your physicalization is based on? How did you navigate the space of different possible physical encodings and materials?

  • How, do you think, these choices influence the experience of and (if applicable) the interaction with the physicalization.

Authors may consider the DIS pictorial format ( as an orientation.

All works should be submitted via:


  • July 4, 2018 July 15, 2018 Submission Deadline (extended)

  • July 25, 2018        Reviews Submitted

  • August 3, 2018    Author Notification

  • August 17, 2018    Camera Ready Deadline