Ali Jahanian

Unlike visual arts where the main goals may be abstract, visual design is conceptualized and created to convey a message and communicate with audiences. This is a key but subtle difference between visual arts and visual design. In fact, it is a critical measure of success in applied arts along with the visual appeal of the design. A design message has to be conveyed at first glance. Studies suggest that designers need to make a good first impression only in some few milliseconds, and this impression deals with expressive aesthetics, which is a matter of visual appeal by itself.

One thought on “Ali Jahanian

  1. shinichi Post author

    Quantifying Aesthetics of Visual Design Applied to Automatic Design

    by Ali Jahanian

    Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by Purdue University, USA

    Focuses on the automatic design of visual media and the quantification of such designs’ aesthetics

    Tackles the understanding of visual design concepts and principles to create solutions and interactions for users who are part of the design creation system

    Proposes approaches toward understanding design thinking in design of self-publishing media


    In this thesis, the author makes several contributions to the study of design of graphical materials. The thesis begins with a review of the relationship between design and aesthetics, and the use of mathematical models to capture this relationship. Then, a novel method for linking linguistic concepts to colors using the Latent Dirichlet Allocation Dual Topic Model is proposed. Next, the thesis studies the relationship between aesthetics and spatial layout by formalizing the notion of visual balance. Applying principles of salience and Gaussian mixture models over a body of about 120,000 aesthetically rated professional photographs, the author provides confirmation of Arnhem’s theory about spatial layout. The thesis concludes with a description of tools to support automatically generating personalized design.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *