Sunday, 19 July 2009

What makes an information graphic beautiful?

http://tinyurl.com/databeauty

note, i have yet to get my hands on Beautiful Data book nor (shamefully as a graphic designer) have i had chance to read Data Flow, although a friend was trying to get a hold of it for me. I managed to read Tufte's Beautiful Evidence book.

I read Brad Paleys comments in Creative Review Mar 08 that he thought it came from 'the accurate and comfortable representation of data' (centaur publications)

I have read Vande Moere and Lau's examinings of aesthetics in data visaulisation with their measures determining a circular sunburst style to be most beautiful.

Is it symmetry, balance in design?
Colour Harmony?
Simplicity?
Font Style?

please share your thoughts/readings. quote for the books above if you have read them, please, review the books if you read them and post here. I am finally getting round to writing up my research for my thesis. Your thoughts will be greatly appreciated.

Yuri Engelhardt’s critical review of Edward Tufte’s Beautiful Evidencehttp://yuriweb.com/tufte/

Lau A. and Vande Moere A. (2007), “Towards a Model of Information Aesthetic Visualization”, IEEE International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV’07), IEEE, Zurich , Switzerland, pp. 87-92.http://web.arch.usyd.edu.au/~andrew/publications/iv07.pdf

Cawthon N. and Vande Moere A. (2007), “The Effect of Aesthetic on the Usability of Data Visualization”, IEEE International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV’07), IEEE, Zurich , Switzerland, pp. 637-648http://web.arch.usyd.edu.au/~andrew/publications/iv07b.pdf

quite the hoard at http://web.arch.usyd.edu.au/~andrew/

http://www.informationesthetics.org/node/28
http://www.informationesthetics.org/node/27

1 comment:

Irina said...

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