Tables v. Charts
The first task in displaying quantitative information is to choose the correct format. A table works best when you need to show individual values precisely. A graph works best when you want to show relationships. In our work with federal government research labs we translate scientific research on innovative technologies into publications for the rest […]read more
Simplify and Add Emphasis
Research shows that we can only hold 3-5 chunks of information in working memory. By visually organizing and emphasizing information, information design makes it easier for users to engage and understand the data. We combined these 2 slides into 1 for a recent client presentation. BEFORE AFTERread more
Telling a compelling story is an important part of information design. And telling that story can take many forms. Here’s a recent video produced for Mills College that tells the story of three students receiving scholarships.read more
Ineffective Data Presentation : The Stroop Effect
Just as good design supports the processing of information, bad design can slow us down. The Stroop test is an extreme example of bad design, but it’s illustrative. In the classic version, the written color name differs from the color ink it is printed in, and the participant must say the written word. In a […]read more
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