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Data Visualization For Dummies by Stephanie Diamond, Mico Yuk

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Chapter 6

Paying Attention to Detail

In This Chapter

arrow Knowing how people see design

arrow Communicating with pattern layouts

arrow Selecting a template

arrow Designing for different devices

This chapter examines the way that people see and digest information. If you familiarize yourself with the common design conventions described in this chapter, you'll find it easier to create powerful visualizations that contain intelligent (actionable) data. In this chapter we look at principles that make up what is called “Gestalt” theory. It defines how what we see is translated into meaning. All the actions required to make meaning of things happens in our brains when we view things based on size and position.

This chapter also discusses the specific patterns that people use when viewing information. If you are aware of these patterns, you can more effectively structure your information. In addition, you see how to use a template to build on the knowledge of designers who have already thought through the issues ...

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