Day 126 of 180 Days of Data Viz Learning

I’m doing some form of data visualization learning for 180 days because I need to #JFDI.

See post explaining how and why I’m doing this.

*Doing a bit of catch-up here after a few breaks.

Reading and Learning Data Visualization Theoretically/Critically:

The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization by Alberto Cairo

p 65-76 The Beauty Paradox: Art and Communication-> The Complexity Challenge: Presentation and Exploration

Three Takeaways

  • “Tufte’s influence in the visualization and information graphics communities has led many publications to adopt a style that is serious, cold, and stripped bare of aesthetic attributes that maybe gratuitous to the statistician but useful for readers” p 68
  • “The first step to finding the middle ground between radical minimalism and a more playful approach to information graphics and visualization is to remember that a good graphic realizes two basic goals: It presents information, and it allows users to explore that information.” p 73
  • “No matter what style you choose- whether you decide to follow Tufte and become a hardcore minimalist or adopt a friendlier approach- always take advantage of the space you have available to seek depth within reasonable limits.  After that, and only after that, worry about how to make the presentation prettier.” p 76
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