How to Use Whitespace, the Punctuation Between Visual Elements
This is the first in a series of articles that illustrate how basic design principles can improve information display. The next installment will apply some..
Designing for Charts
This is the third in a series of articles that illustrate how basic design principles can improve information display. Previous articles focused on whitespace and..
Sweet Love: Popular Wedding Songs Reimagined As Cupcakes
These days, it seems, you can’t attend a wedding without hearing the soft croon of Ed Sheeran at some point. It got me thinking, is..
How to Choose Colors for Your Data Visualizations
Color is a major factor in creating effective charts. A good set of colors will highlight the story you want the data to tell, while..
Pros and Cons of Chart Taxonomies
Chart taxonomies are a popular starting place for people new to data visualization, but do they unnecessarily constrain our thinking and ignore the fundamentals of..
What Are Data Visualization Style Guidelines?
Organizations like Google and London City Intelligence have extended their design systems to include standards specifically for data visualization. This speaks to the growing importance of using data and..
How to Use Storytelling Conventions to Create Better Visualizations
Story is the best form of communication we have. To the steely-eyed analyst, it may seem superfluous and manipulative — a way to persuade with..
Tear Up Your Baseline
A torn paper metaphor brings non-zero baselines to your reader’s attention. This intentional design flourish is inspired by one of data visualization’s pioneers who, 100..
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