Based on the disciplines of data visualisation and typography, this thesis discusses visualisations as a means
to enrich text to improve text text comprehension and memorability. A taxonomy is proposed that differentiates specific types of application visualisations may have in this context.
Drawing upon the taxonomy, the thesis elaborates two approaches to aligning a text’s visual appearance and its content. The first explores the addition of graphical elements right within or adjacent to a text while the other approach explores the optical modification of a text by means of visualisation. For this I evaluate how typographic techniques can be used as visual variables. Along with the proposed systematic I introduce the term »Micro Visualisation« describing the non-complex enhancements made to the »amorphous« text. In this work I summarize the historical derivation of text and images from a media-theoretical perspective, discuss my approach in regard to the current state of the two disciplines of visualisation and typography, introduce a taxonomy in order to categorize existing work and conclude with an analysis of opportunities and challenges for future work.
At the intersection of information visualization and typography lies the design space of micro visualization, a family of basic techniques enriching text in regard of its accessibility, comprehensibility, and memorability. We propose a taxonomy that differentiates specific types of visualizations applied to text design and layout. We elaborate two main approaches to aligning the visual appearance of a text and its content. The first explores the addition of graphical elements embedded into or adjacent to a text, while the other approach explores the visual modification of a text by means of typographic visualization. For this we evaluate how different techniques can be used as visual variables.