On visualizing data well

Posted to Design  |  Nathan Yau

On Writing WellOn Writing Well by William Zinsser is a bestselling guide on writing well. Yep. Ben Jones parallels some of the principles in the book to visualization, seven principles in particular.

As I read On Writing Well it struck me that his advice for communicating well with words applies directly to the craft of communicating visually with data. His seven principles in Part I — The Transaction, Simplicity, Clutter, Style, The Audience, Words, and Usage — could be written about visualizing data as well.

Makes sense.

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