We appreciate his works very much, especially The Visual Display Of Quantitative Information, which we recommend to any developers or designers.
As it says,
Graphical displays should
show the data induce the viewer to think about the substance rather than about methodology, graphic design, the technology of graphic production, or something else avoid distorting what the data have to say present many numbers in a small space make large data sets coherent encourage the eye to compare different pieces of data reveal the data at several levels of detail, from a broad overview to the fine structure serve a reasonably clear purpose: description, exploration, tabulation, or decoration be closely integrated with the statistical and verbal descriptions of a data set.
Speaking of “encouraging the eye to compare different pieces of data”: compare a table and a graphical representation of the famous Anscombe’s Quartet:
As you can see, in this case the graphical representation speaks loudly, whilst the table remains silent.
We will go on posting here some important tips from Edward Tufte’s books, but after all, the most helpful thing is just considering carefully the way to visualize your data.
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- Originally published at www.anychart.com on June 21, 2011.