3.14 ToDG: Principles

  • 5 principles produce substantial changes in graphical design. The principles apply to many graphics and yield a series of design options through cycles of graphical revision and editing. (Tufte 2001, 2:105)
  1. Above all else show the data.
  2. Maximize the data-ink ratio.
  3. Erase non-data-ink.
  4. Erase redundant data-ink.
  5. Revise and edit.

References

Tufte, Edward R. 2001. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Vol. 2. Graphics press Cheshire, CT.