Category Archives: Graphic Design

Core Design Principles for Displaying Quantitative Information

Core Design Principles for Displaying Quantitative Information from Stephen Few (data display god!). Downloadable pdf.

These form the basis of a presentation given by Juice Analytics on the six principles of visual context:

* Principle of Proximity – Things that are visually close to each other are related
* Principle of Similarity – Things that look like each other (size, color, shape) are related
* Principle of Enclosure – Things that are enclosed by a shape are related
* Principle of Closure – We see incomplete shapes as complete
* Principle of Continuity – Things that are aligned are related
* Principle of Connection – Things that are visually connected are related

Learn more about JA via their post and site at and the few pdf is definitely must-read content.

Idea: Guidelines for stakeholder-focused evaluation graphics


Chart Makeovers – Examples from Juice Analytics

These guys do nice work. Here, and in earlier posts (one reference at the bottom of the page in particular), they provide very concrete advice on how to improve specific charts including column charts, treemaps, etc. They also have open source software to try out for treemaps (need to download and try).

Chart Makeovers, Fed IT Dashboard edition: Juice Analytics

Idea: DataViz Makeovers (with appropriate attribution of the idea to colleagues at Juice Analytics)

Bad Font Choices Comic

Great font comic from Wondermark blog

Chart Comics from XKCD

XKCD produces some of the most insightful comics (although occasionally a bit salty) – and with Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial license so with permission to share and adapt for noncommercial uses with attribution. These are some favorites for presentations:

Stove Ownership

Convincing Pickup Line

Science Valentine






Free Fonts

Great set of free fonts – really nice selection with clear useful categories. Nice dingbats.

From Amazon – Books as a Word

Amaztype is a little hard to explain. Type in a word and it generates that word spelled out in books.

The one below is a screenshot – but go to this link to see it live and interactive – click on any book to blow it up and get sales details.

Potentially good for reporting? Just for fun?

BELIV’10 – Conference wiki – Evaluation Methods for Information Visualization

The mother-load. looks at metrics, information visualization, research, standards. Focus here is on how to judge information visualizations.