A Practical Guide to Designing with Data by Brian Suda

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By Brian Suda

Lately, the phrases Visualization, Infographic and others were bantered round with nearly no regard to their use or that means. there's a new vernacular rising within the geographical regions of knowledge representations, yet that doesn’t suggest we will be able to forget about the a lot easier origins and top practices of charts and graphs.

Brian Suda takes you on a trip throughout the fundamentals and makes it effortless to supply attractive having a look, actual representations of knowledge. He’ll stroll you thru the best way to visualize and layout information in this kind of manner that it engages the reader and tells a narrative instead of simply being flashy, cluttered and confusing.

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In this chapter weʼll dig into how to reduce the unnecessary ink to level out this ratio as much as possible to 1:1. On screen, weʼre not dealing with ink. Instead, we can think of this value as a data to pixels ratio. How many unnecessary pixels were displayed to convey the message? Can we reduce that number and still say the same thing? 35 A Practical Guide to Designing with Data ~ Data to pixel ratio This is a standard chart generated by Excel. All the unnecessary pixels are highlighted. In a graphic that is 250px wide and 150px tall (37,500 pixels total) about 55% are lit up, all of them distracting your eyes and adding no value.

The range of colours far exceeds anything weʼve had before. 7 million distinct values, we are in danger of overloading our readers. With ink, each new colour adds cost; with pixels, itʼs a different story. Data to pixel ratio How to draw attention to the data Rasterization ainʼt got those curves Just a splash of colour In Rainbows 33 6 A Practical Guide to Designing with Data ~ Data to pixel ratio Data to pixel ratio From Elements of Style, by Strunk and White “Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

Even so, it is worth the effort for the quality which can be achieved. Your personal approach to the data will be a breath of fresh air compared to the overused pedestrian designs of Excel, Google and other restrictive statistics software applications. Any important document you produce should be proofread, spell-checked, edited and ideally professionally written. So why plonk an off-the-shelf graphic down next to it, and ruin all the hard work put into the text? It doesnʼt have to be that way.

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