Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Saturday, May 29, 2004

Sparklines: Intense Simple Word-Sized Graphics

Edward Tuftes takes his original essay on word-sized graphics much further in this new extended and revised version for his future book Beautiful Evidence. The concept of Sparklines is a timely and fascinating one, and though Galileo was already using them in 1613, its understanding and effective application can indeed augment significantly our ability to communicate rapidly highly complex and data-rich information. In Dr. Tufte's words Sparklines are "small, high resolution graphics embedded in a context of words, numbers and images. Sparklines are data-intense, design simple, word-sized graphics." Placed within word-based contexts these small essential iconic images can provide a truly effective step forward to the way we can communicate typo-visually. "With data densities 5 to 500 times those of conventional statistical graphs and tables, sparklines give us some chance to learn from the flood of data generated by modern scientific, monitoring and surveillance technologies."



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posted by Robin Good on Saturday, May 29 2004, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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