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.

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    1. LukeOlsen 77 months ago | reply

      Cool DOF. Edward Tufte's stuff is awesome!

    2. Jon Block 77 months ago | reply

      This is very different but really catches my eye. Thanks for the info... very interesting!

      A+++ Grade Photo

    3. Kelvin Wong (aka PiscesRomance) 77 months ago | reply

      this is sooo creative and great contrast work!
      This is Perfect!

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    4. SJKen 77 months ago | reply

      Very unique tribute . Great shot.

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    5. prdsra 77 months ago | reply

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

    6. giovdim 77 months ago | reply

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

      Black & White Art Award

    7. Andrea Marchitelli 65 months ago | reply

      I used your work as a banner (and tagline) for my blog:

      I hope you enjoy it.

      Thank you for very nice idea!

    8. Wellington Grey [deleted] 62 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.

    9. Shazz Mack 61 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.

    10. anikarenina 59 months ago | reply

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

    11. Robin Ashton 51 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:

    12. BundleHQ 40 months ago | reply

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

    13. kinnear.julie 37 months ago | reply

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

    14. CanadianAEh 33 months ago | reply

      Used here to add to a quote about data-based decisions:

    15. The Harken 14 months ago | reply

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

    16. MitakaDi 4 weeks ago | reply

      That's an awesome picture!

      I used it for a fitness related article. You can find it here

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

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