Academic journal article Visible Language

DATA DESIGN Visualizing Quantities, Locations, Connections

Academic journal article Visible Language

DATA DESIGN Visualizing Quantities, Locations, Connections

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DATA DESIGN Visualizing quantities, locations, connections

When a book arrives that belongs to a well-populated category on my bookshelf it makes sense to review it in the context of its neighbors. In this case, DATA DESIGN Visualizing quantities, locations, connections by Per Mollerup joined 27 books on information design already on my "active books" bookcase, that is, the books not on bookcases in the basement.

Per opens his book explaining foundational concepts in a chapter titled "Basics." Existing information design books such as The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics by Donna M. Wong open similarly with a first chapter titled "The Basics." Whereas Wong briefly touches upon various functional components of design such as color, typography, and legibility Mollerup draws in principles from research such as Gestalt psychology. Where Per does discuss color he does so in relation to a color system rather than functional advice. Per's introduction also introduces the concept of simplicity as well as several historic milestones such as William Playfair's The Commercial and Political Atlas and Isotype. Jenn and Ken Visocky O'Grady also mention Isotype in their "Overview" chapter of The Information Design Handbook, but in comparison to these other books DATA DESIGN tends to found build arguments more on established findings in other fields than issues particular only to design. …

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