Particle systems make an excellent tool for creating tracks (which we call strokes) in vector fields. The question addressed in this paper is how such tracks should be made to vary in size and colour in order to reveal properties such as local direction and strength of the field. We find that for strokes that vary from large to small, direction is indicated by the large end. We also find that for strokes that vary in colour, the colour of the background is the most important determinant of perceived direction.
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping
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Jun 19 - Jun 23, 1989
London, Ontario, Canada
Fowler, David and Ware, Colin, "Strokes for Representing Univariate Vector Field Maps" (1989). Graphics Interface. 769.