Thinking about the reasons and theory of data visualization
The tool, however can be misused, either by intent or by ignorance
Some names to know
Edward Tufte and his three classics
- The Visual Display of Quantitative Information and as Tufte sees it
- Envisioning Information and as Tufte sees it
- Visual Explanations and as Tufte sees it
Some additional thoughts on data display
Data can be displayed in good and bad ways
You have a lot of good examples to study for inspiration and emulation.
Does it matter?
Lessons for data analysts from the Challenger disaster tells us good data display could be a life or death issue.
But there are always several different ways to view the same situation and not everyone agrees with Tufte.
Let's re-iterate our points again.