- Chapter 5 in Alberto Cairo, The Truthful Art1
- Chapter 4 and Chapter 27 in Claus Wilke, Fundamentals of Data Visualization2
- Cédric Scherer, “Colors and emotions in data visualization”
- Lisa Charlotte Muth, “A detailed guide to colors in data vis style guides”. You can skim this—this is a good resource for future you.
- Summary of CRAP graphic design principles from Garr Reynolds, Presentation Zen.3 These principles are from Robin Williams’ The Non-Designer’s Design & Type Books,4 which you should really get if you’re interested in doing anything design-related ever. Her stuff is life-changing.
- Typography in ten minutes. The rest of the Practical Typography book is phenomenal and you’d be remiss if you didn’t read the whole thing and bookmark it for life, but for now just read this quick summary.
- “What’s the Difference Between JPG, PNG, and GIF?”
- “File formats explained”
Questions to reflect on
(Remember, you don’t need to answer all of these—or even any of them! These are just here to help guide your thinking.)
- Why does graphic design matter when conveying truth?
- What makes something well designed (vs. poorly designed)?
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Videos for each section of the lecture are available at this YouTube playlist.
You can also watch the playlist (and skip around to different sections) here:
Alberto Cairo, The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication (Berkeley, California: New Riders, 2016). ↩︎
Garr Reynolds, Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, 1st ed. (Berkeley, California: New Riders, 2008). ↩︎
Robin Williams, The Non-Designer’s Design & Type Books: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice, Deluxe Edition (Berkeley, California: Peachpit Press, 2008). ↩︎