by Johanna Drucker
Read the frontmatter and first chapter: Image, Interpretation, and Interface. Also consult the relevant 'plates' in the Windows section.
Pick one of the works cited in the chapter to investigate and collect some imagery and/or context to be included in your write-up. Take your pick of any books/essays/artworks mentioned in the text itself, or highlighted in the red sidebar text in the margins.
Use the tag “R3” for your post.
Subtleties of Color
by Robert Simmon
The use of color to display data is a solved problem, right? Just pick a palette from a drop-down menu (probably either a grayscale ramp or a rainbow), set start and end points, press “apply,” and you’re done. Although we all know it’s not that simple, that’s often how colors are chosen in the real world. As a result, many visualizations fail to represent the underlying data as well as they could.
Use the tag “R2” when you post your assessment of the readings and the questions raised.
Profiles in Badness
from Kieran Healy, Carl Bergstrom, & Jevin West
Read Healy's introductory chapter from Data Visualization for Social Science:
Read Bergstrom & West's Calling Bullshit essays:
Use the tag “R1” when you post your assessment of the readings and the questions raised.
Drucker, Johanna. Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014.
Tufte, Edward. Envisioning Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, 1990.
Bringhurst, Robert. The Elements of Typographic Style (v4). Hartley & Marks, 2002.
A Layered Grammar of Graphics, Hadley Wickham, Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, Volume 19, Number 1, Pages 3–28:
Graphical Perception: Theory, Experimentation, and Application to the Development of Graphical Methods. William S. Cleveland; Robert McGill. Available here:
Some Graphic and Semigraphic Displays, John Tukey, Statistical Papers in Honor of George W. Snedecor, pp. 293-316 (1972). Available here: http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0003v7
Lev Manovich: Software Takes Command (excerpt)
Ben Fry's Media Lab thesis: Computational Information Design: http://benfry.com/phd/dissertation-110323c.pdf
Reas, C., McWilliams C., LUST. Form and Code: In Design, Art, and Architecture. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.