Micro/Macro Readings

– to clarify, add detail

“Simplicity of reading derives from the context of detailed and complex information, properly arranged.”

– sometimes arbitrary boundaries must be drawn in order to graphically represent data -> statistically wise boundaries

– Maya Ying Lin, on why she didn’t list the names alphabetically for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial:

“Alphabetical listing would make the Memorial look like a telephone book engraved in granite, destroying the sense of unique loss that each name carried.”

– the three functions of the names on stone:

  1. memorialize each person who died
  2. make a mark adding up the total
  3. indicate sequence and approximate date of death

– stem-and-leaf plots for statistical analysis are useful for displaying multitudes of data in a simple graphical table

– data rich visual displays are appropriate and proper complements to human capabilities and are also optimal

– the more relevant information within eyespan, the better… rather than requiring viewers to rely on visual memory

– high-density designs allow viewers to select, to narrate, to recast and personalize data for their own uses -> the control of information is given over to the viewers

– it is not how much empty space there is, but rather how it is used. It is not how much information there is, but rather how efficiently it is arranged.

– clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information -> information overload is failure of organized data, not overwhelming of data

– the more letters are differentiated from one another the easier the reading

– “less is a bore”