Changing Aesthetics in Biomolecular Graphics


Aesthetics for the visualization of biomolecular structures have evolved over the years according to technological advances, user needs, and modes of dissemination. In this article, we explore the goals, challenges, and solutions that have shaped the current landscape of biomolecular imagery from the overlapping perspectives of computer science, structural biology, and biomedical illustration. We discuss changing approaches to rendering, color, human–computer interface, and narrative in the development and presentation of biomolecular graphics. With this historical perspective on the evolving styles and trends in each of these areas, we identify opportunities and challenges for future aesthetics in biomolecular graphics that encourage continued collaboration from multiple intersecting fields.

IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications