Shape for Content, Strive for Clarity, and Provide Context

[O]ur main goal should be to tell a story clearly by achieving order and having some sort of narrative through each graphic. Any project should start by analyzing what your story is about and then finding the best way to tell it by splitting it up into easily digestible chunks, without losing depth. John Grimwade, […]

The Truthful Art: Uncertainty and The Basics

Here’s the dirty little secret about data: it’s always noisy and uncertain. Alberto Cairo, p. 112, The Truthful Art Honestly, I never really gave uncertainty much critical thought until I stumbled upon Visualizing Uncertain Weather a 2017 article by Jen Christiansen in Scientific American (Who was mentioned in the article? Professor Cairo) where she talks […]

The Truthful Art: Math, Science, The Mind — Oh My!

Literacy, Articulacy, Numeracy, and Graphicacy Confession: I am one of those designers who is “terrified by math and science”. In fact, I’ll admit last week I had a bit of a math and science panic while trying to complete a weekly assignment. Still, I’m not sure it is without good reason. As well as I […]

Functional Art: To be Beautiful is to be Understandable

“Visualization should be seen as a technology”. Alberto Cairo, The Functional Art, p. 19 OK, I confess: The first time I read this section, part of me was thinking, “Isn’t this splitting hairs?” It sounds like “design” to me. I had to read it a few times to appreciate it and it made me think […]

The Truthful Art: An Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization

For the Spring 2019 semester, I’m taking an Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization course with Professor Alberto Cairo. Requirements for the course include readings from his books, The Truthful Art and The Functional Art. I’ll be writing about what I read and documenting my journey as beginner in visualization. Based on just the introduction, […]