The Design of Everyday Visualizations | DataRemixed

The Design of Everyday Visualizations | DataRemixed

I’ve been educated and inspired recently by the best selling design classic “The Design of Everyday Things” by UX guru Don Norman. You really have to read the entire book, which applies to all types of objects that people design – from chairs to doors to software to organizational structures. It provides thoughtful and practical principles that guide designers to design all of those things well. By “well” he means “products that fit the needs and capabilities of people.” (p.218)

As I read it, it occurred to me that data visualizations are “everyday things” now, too. Even richly interactive ones viewed on tablets and phones. That has only become the case in the past half-decade or so. Yes, examples can be traced back to the early days of the internet, but the recent explosion of data, software tools and programming libraries has caused their proliferation.

And I found that point after point, principle after principle in Norman’s book applied directly to data visualization. I’d like to call out five points that struck me as particularly relevant to recent discussions in the field of data visualization.

The Design of Everyday Visualizations

I’ve been educated and inspired recently by the best selling design classic ” The Design of Everyday Things ” by UX guru Don Norman. You really have to read the entire book, which applies to all types of objects that people design – from chairs to doors to software to organizational structures.

 

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Eric Axelrod

President & Chief Architect at DIGR
I have helped companies bring new data driven products to market, drive efficiency out of their supply chain, execute strategic plans, and drive top line and bottom line growth by enabling every business function with actionable analytics. I can transform a business which is lacking critical insight into an agile, strategic, data driven organization.

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