UIEtips: Beautiful Visualization: How Do We Achieve Beauty?

Jared Spool

February 16th, 2011

The saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words” is dead-on when it comes to information visualization. The ability to convey a message clearly, in the appropriate context, and make the information beautiful is no easy task.

Information visualization is the graphic presentation of data. Done right, it’s like you’re looking through the eyes of an expert. In today’s UIEtips, we’re sharing an excerpt by Noah Iliinsky, from the book Beautiful Visualization. Noah explains 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.

Read Noah’s article, Beautiful Visualization: How Do We Achieve Beauty?

Next 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 his virtual seminar.

And you’ll also have an opportunity to see Noah in person at one of the Web App Master Tour stops where he’ll dive deeper on how to create beautiful visualizations. Explore the Web App Masters Tour at UIE.com.

How do you make decisions for displaying data? How do you know when you’ve done it right? Or more succinctly, what does a beautiful visualization mean to you? Share your thoughts with us below.

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