Day 150 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.

Reading and Learning Data Visualization Theoretically/Critically:

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

p 311-318 Truth and Beauty Operator

Three Takeaways

  • “I put truth and beauty at the same level.  If you have only one without the other in a visualization project, you are not done yet” p 315
  • “For me, design is much more than mere decoration.  Scientists and engineering-focused people, the kind of professionals I usually work with, think of design as decorating a pre-existing structure.  That is the wrong approach.  Good design is tightly intertwined with the context it presents.  It consists of thinking about what to show; what to leave out; what to highlight; how to structure information; what rhythm, visual flow, and pace, you want your story to have.  That’s design.  Would say that structure dictates pretty much what comes out visually” p 317
  • Moritz Stefaners project workflow: Clarify What and Why (high level constaints, goals and intuitions) -> Explore and Sketch (Data analysis with Excel, Tableau, R, prototypes, visual explorations -> Define and Produce (Visual design, interaction design, implementation, testing)-> Maintain and Analyze (user tracking and analysis, updates, extensions)
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