Teaching Viz Digest No. 1: Exercise is Good for You

Cutting up the Visual Vocabulary


Making awful graphs

This is one I’ve used with students to try to get them to bring together a few ideas around design. Students are asked to create a really horrible graph. But the catch is, they have to have a clear rationale for every design decision they make.

Confusing colours. Check. Nonsensical scales. Check. Hand-made chart-junk. Check. Double-perspective 3D… wait, what?

Estimating values

Martin Chorley also offered up this very interesting exercise that helps his students think about how chart choices influence the readability of the data they represent.

A quick example from Martin’s exercise.

But what about colour?

Homage to the square Blue Secret II by Josef Albers. Photograph by Chrisi1964, distributed under a CC-BY 2.0 license.

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Dataviz guy. Heading up The Synthesis Bureau (https://synthesisbureau.com/). Previously BBC dataviz & BI lead.

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