I went to Edward Tufte’s One Day Course today, to hear his perspective on The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Beautiful Evidence, Visual Explanations and Envisioning Information.
- Do whatever it takes to explain something: don’tdecide what medium you will use beforehand
- Metaphor is the map: nothing can be erased from a map because it is 100% content
- Reduce optical clutter: no boxes around words! Tufte remarked that the Surgeon’s Warning has such a strong box around it that the outline overwhelms the characters of the warning.
- Good design is self-effacing. 100% content. Get design out of the way.
- Users scan, scroll and then screen change (drilling down into a subject).