Re: Keep-It-Simple Principle Rules
Tips are useful when they help people avoid making some common mistakes, and this article includes some good ones. But tips-based approaches take shortcuts that bypass a rock-solid understanding of fundamental principles. In Data Visualization, those principles are clearly and comprehensively explained by Edward Tufte in his book, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. His grounding assumption is that statististicians lack an understanding of graphics, and graphic artists don't understand statistics. It is unlikely that one can present statistics well without understanding the fundamentals, just like it is unlikely that urban planners can be successful without understanding the work of William H. Whyte.