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Layout Essentials by Beth Tondreau

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TABLES AND CHARTS

36. Think of the Chart as a Whole

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Creating charts, tables, and timetables is an intimidating feat dictated by numerical information. In her book, Thinking with Type, Ellen Lupton advises designers to avoid the type crime of creating what she calls a data prison, with too many rules and boxes. Following Lupton’s advice, think of the chart, grid, or timetable as a whole and consider how each column, row, or field relates to the entire scheme.

Use shades of a color to help the user navigate through dense information. Shades work ...

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