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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 497634, 12 pages
Research Article

Design Pattern Retrieval and Style Analysis for Content Creation of Comic Figures

Department of Information Management, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan

Received 7 November 2013; Accepted 29 December 2013; Published 9 March 2014

Academic Editor: Teen-Hang Meen

Copyright © 2014 Bor-Shen Lin and Shang-Te Tsai. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Placement of objects within a constrained space is a common challenge for designers; it is associated with decisions regarding the furnishing of a space with furniture, collocation of dressings, flower arrangement, and design of comic figures. Though many design elements can be shared on the Internet in the current age of technology, it is still not easy to compare or search for design patterns based on these elements. Thus, it is difficult for designers to efficiently retrieve similar patterns designed by others, to compare them, or to learn from them. This paper proposes the architecture of representing, comparing, retrieving, and analyzing the design patterns of digital contents for design support. This scheme can help the designers to explore the huge space of design patterns efficiently, to analyze and summarize the design styles quickly, and to improve design skills and stimulate imaginations effectively during the process of learning or creating. The proposed scheme has been verified with a design support system for the content creation of comic figures. It is generally applicable to the creation of digital contents and shows potential for applications in the fields of design and education.