“I believe that dynamic pictures will someday be the primary medium for visual art and visual explanations”- Bret Victor
Kitty is a sketch-based tool for authoring dynamic and interactive illustrations. Artists can sketch animated drawings and textures to convey the living phenomena, and specify the functional relationship between its entities to characterize the dynamic behavior of systems and environments. As the viewer interacts with the resulting dynamic interactive illustration, the parameters of the drawing change accordingly, depicting the dynamics and chain of causal effects within a scene.
To specify the interactive behavior of entities, Kitty relies on an underlying relational graph structure, where nodes correspond to the entities and edges represent the functional correspondence between the entities’ parameters. Kitty displays this graph in the context of the illustration, and authors can specify edges and their associated functions through freeform sketching. This enables an intuitive interaction, without requiring any programming or scripting.
Kitty is about to appear in ACM’s User Interface and Software Technology Symposium (UIST) 2014. Kitty is a functional research prototype at this moment. For up-to-date information, research outcomes and product announcements, please sign up this form. Visit the official project page here.