Aesthetics - Tristan

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Reading List

  • Envisioning Data
    • Chapter 2: Micro/Macro
    • Chapter 3: Layering and Separation
    • Chapter 5: Color and Information


  • General
    • Large view, e.g. country map, cityscape
    • Lots of details, e.g. provincial statistics, windows on a building
    • However don't show too much, which details do you show? Which ones are appropriate to leave out? (pg 51 first blockquote)
  • Material must be organized appropriately. Examples include:
    • Organization of names on Vietnam War Memorial (pg 43)
    • Table of Hospital costs (pg 57)
  • When organizing and laying out information, there can be an aesthetic preference:
    • Simplicity || Complexity?
    • High Density || Thin Date?
    • Number/Table based || Graphic/Map based

Layering and Separation

  • General
    • Reduce noise, enrich the content of the displays
    • Combine various elements of 'flatland' and make them interact "1 + 1 = 3 or more"
    • Visual attraction of negative space (pg 60)
    • Background and foreground elements (pg 65 blockquote)

Color and Information

  • General
    • The trained eye can distinguish 1,000,000 colors, 20,000 otherwise. How can you use this to create distinguishable elements and enrich a visualization?
  • Use of color to
    • Label, color as a noun, color coding data sets. (pg 82)
    • Measure, color as a quantity, color coding elevation on a map. (pg 82)
    • Decorative, color as beauty, make it pleasurable to the eye. (pg 82)
    • Clarity, color as distinction, as in slightly different hues of the same color to distinguish points. Also to clean up where black and white/grayscale fails, where 1+1=3 clutter. (pg 89)