Three-Dimensional Representation in Visual Communication of Science

  • Marco NevesEmail author
  • Pedro Gonçalves
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11584)


Technology has been used to communicate complex information and brought opportunities for science development and science communication. Three-dimensional representation systems allow design to use image and video in innovative ways and enable organization of more suitable content for effective understanding. This paper addresses the use of three-dimensional representation systems to disseminate complex concepts related to science. We reviewed its course from scientific illustration of natural species, to the use of detailed infographics as direct communication in newspapers. We also undertook visual experiments to demonstrate the use of such three-dimensional representation systems in science communication, and proceeded with an evaluation from experts. This research allowed us to find connections between visual communication and complex concepts coming from science. Three-dimensional representation systems have features which generate benefits for science communication and understanding.


Science communication Three-dimensional representation systems Theoretical photorealism Visual communication 



The authors would like to thank the funding support by the Foundation for Science and Technology of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal under the project UID/EAT/04008/2013 (CIAUD).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CIAUD – Research Center for Architecture, Urban Planning and Design Lisbon School of ArchitectureUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Lisbon School of ArchitectureUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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