The first week’s lecture included advice from Edward Tufte on visualization and graphic design. I thought I’d already posted this a couple of years ago after attending a Tufte course, but after further review, I see that I haven’t, so here it is.
The success of a visualization is based on deep knowledge and care about the substance, and the quality, relevance, and integrity of the content.
Tufte: Five Principles in the Theory of Graphic Design
- Above all else show the data.
- Maximize the data-ink ratio, within reason.
- Erase non-data ink, within reason.
- Erase redundant data-ink.
- Revise and edit.