How do Convolutional Neural Networks Learn Design?

Shailza Jolly, Brian Kenji Iwana, Ryohei Kuroki, Seiichi Uchida

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13 Citations (Scopus)


In this paper, we aim to understand the design principles in book cover images which are carefully crafted by experts. Book covers are designed in a unique way, specific to genres which convey important information to their readers. By using Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) to predict book genres from cover images, visual cues which distinguish genres can be highlighted and analyzed. In order to understand these visual clues contributing towards the decision of a genre, we present the application of Layer-wise Relevance Propagation (LRP) on the book cover image classification results. We use LRP to explain the pixel-wise contributions of book cover design and highlight the design elements contributing towards particular genres. In addition, with the use of state-of-the-art object and text detection methods, insights about genre-specific book cover designs are discovered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 24th International Conference on Pattern Recognition, ICPR 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538637883
Publication statusPublished - Nov 26 2018
Event24th International Conference on Pattern Recognition, ICPR 2018 - Beijing, China
Duration: Aug 20 2018Aug 24 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Pattern Recognition
ISSN (Print)1051-4651


Other24th International Conference on Pattern Recognition, ICPR 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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