Day 142 of 180 Days of Data Viz Learning #jfdi #backfromvacay #doneisbetterthanperfect

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.

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

p 213-230 The Infographics Gentleman

Three Takeaways

  • Main principles from John Grimwade: tell a order with narrative, order, digestible chunks, and hierarchy.  Make sure you don’t lose depth p 213
  • Give context, an “annotation layer,” otherwise “you will end up with a visualization that may look really beautiful and intricate, but that will leave readers wondering, ‘What has this thing really told me?  What is it useful for?'” p 218
  • Don’t start by sketching out on design software or working on a computer-> “You make a lot of art decisions and then trap yourself into them”  p 219

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