UIEtips: Beautiful Visualization – How To Make it More Efficient

Jared Spool

February 22nd, 2011

There’s a lot of work that goes into making a graphic beautiful and informative. But how efficient is your graphic? Are you emphasizing the right content or data of the graphic? Can the reader quickly find what they are looking for?

Last week we featured an excerpt from Noah Iliinsky’s book Beautiful Visualization. The article explained how we achieve beauty in information design, and the distinction between visuals designed to show what the designer already knows, versus visuals intended to explain a new concept or idea.

In today’s UIEtips, we feature the rest of Noah’s excerpt. Noah explores the importance of making visualizations more efficient, and tips to reduce visual noise and the quantity of text.

Read the article, Beautiful Visualization: How To Make it Efficient.

This Thursday, February 24, Noah continues to explore using information visualization to explain data in a virtual seminar. He’ll discuss the types of visualizations in common use, why and when they are useful, what types to use in different situations, how to think about different types, and who’s doing good work. Learn more about this virtual seminar.

And you’ll also have an opportunity to see Noah in person at one of the Web App Master Tour stops. The first stop kicks off on March 21 in Philadelphia. Read about the Web App Masters Tour.

How do you make your visualizations more efficient? Do you have specific methods for cutting out the quantity of text? Share your thoughts with us below.

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