Data visualization, in a lot of ways, can be considered a science more than anything else. Sure, it can be artistic, but it’s all about how to present, well, data. A good visualization of data, no matter how pretty, is only as good as the information that it’s based on. As Edward Tufte says in the latest video for PBS Off Book, “And so, the history of visualizing data is very substantially a history of science.”
That’s not all the video has to say, though. There’s a whole bunch about how you should go about designing stuff like infographics, which are all over the Internet, and what exactly is the point of such things. It’s all about the facts.
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