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Actual is not normal (a tribute to Edward Tufte)

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A macro of a graph in Edward Tufte's "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information", a classic on graphic design of data displays. This particular graph shows the weather of NYC over a year, and this particular data is the actual and average amount of precipitation in a month (not sure which one).

One of Tufte's principles is to maximize the information to ink ratio--only use ink to portray what the data needs. In this case, a two-category bar graph alone has rather poor information to ink ratio--all that ink to portray two numbers! However, this image is only about 1/50th or less of the total image, so its tininess makes it tolerable.

If you're looking for a last minute book gift, this is one of the most stunning coffee table books I have, AND it's got wonderful insight for anyone who works with data and visualization.

goorn23, Kelvin Wong (Away), kovacsi, and 61 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Sir Cam 88 months ago | reply

    excellently captured, and thanks for the background info. lovely dof!

  2. LukeOlsen 88 months ago | reply

    Cool DOF. Edward Tufte's stuff is awesome!

  3. prdsra 88 months ago | reply

    Compliments, I like it;
    Please add this photo to the your preferred picture group.

  4. giovdim 87 months ago | reply

    great idea, inspired capture and "story" with many readings.

    Black & White Art Award

  5. Andrea Marchitelli 75 months ago | reply

    I used your work as a banner (and tagline) for my blog: blog.andreamarchitelli.it/info.htm

    I hope you enjoy it.

    Thank you for very nice idea!

  6. Wellington Grey [deleted] 73 months ago | reply

    Thank you for making your photograph available under a creative commons attribution license for others to use. I have adapted your photo for use on my money blog, Coin by Coin in this article.

  7. Shazz Mack 72 months ago | reply

    I saw Tufte about 9 years ago in L.A. for one of his day-long lectures - very entertaining and informative - a man with a mission for good info design.

  8. anikarenina 69 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the great CC-licensed image! I've used it in a presentation on open source software development.

  9. Robin Ashton 61 months ago | reply

    Don't know if you're interested but your cc-image is being used by The Guardian newspaper here (usually between GMT 00:00-05:00: www.guardian.co.uk/zeitgeist

  10. BundleHQ 51 months ago | reply

    This is a great photo! Thanks for making this creative commons. We used it to illustrate this article:


  11. kinnear.julie 47 months ago | reply

    Great shot! I used it on my Toronto real estate blog. Thanks!

  12. CanadianAEh 43 months ago | reply

    Used here to add to a quote about data-based decisions: www.flickr.com/photos/canadianaeh/6048759356/in/photostream

  13. The Harken 25 months ago | reply

    Awesome photo, we featured it on a post at The Harken. Thanks!

  14. MitakaDi 11 months ago | reply

    That's an awesome picture!

    I used it for a fitness related article. You can find it here www.leangenetics.com/carbohydrates-the-essentials/

    Hyperlink to the picture and your profile have been included. Keep up the good work!

  15. RumpledElf 7 months ago | reply

    Hi, I used it too: photographicdictionary.com/c/chart - another thanks!

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