Applying basic design principles, Part 7: Reviewing decisions on chart type and purpose


Applying basic design principles, Part 6: A look at how dashboard purpose and content intersect.

A school district dashboard, showing performance statistics for various programs
A slightly cleaned up version of the dashboard from Part 2, showing performance statistics.


Applying basic design principles, Part 5: Defining what you want to accomplish with your visualization


Applying basic design principles, Part 4: Defining the context and the audience for a data visualization

Black and white photo of a crowd of people
Start by defining the audience that you want to reach. Image source.


Applying basic design principles, Part 2: Using clear formatting to support information display

This image shows a performance dashboard for an imaginary school district, with several charts and tables.


Applying basic design principles, Part 1: Using the space between items to make clearer design

Common punctuation marks. Image source.

“How do you use whitespace?”


Applying basic design principles, Part 3: Details of chart display


Charts and graphs have a job to do: the secret is knowing when they are (and aren’t) on the job

Some of my recent explorations in playful data encodings. Photo credit: Branden Gunn.

The difference between data vis and data art

Erica Gunn

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