Category Archives: Legibility

Text and Visualization Workshop at ESAD Vallence

I had the good fortune to be invited to speak at a workshop late last year at the ESAD design school in Valence France: The workshop was titled sous le texte la carte: La visualisation du texte en cartographie. Although … Continue reading

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Text Visualization and Code Editors

Long before I started investigating typographic attributes for data visualization, Aaron Marcus and Ron Baecker were doing the same thing for software code. Back in the mid 1980s there weren’t integrated development environments, no integrated debugging tools and so on. … Continue reading

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Readability

Readability and what it means for data visualization Type can be legible, but still unreadable. Consider this image: Beautiful Helvetica, mirrored and rotated 180 degrees. Two highly common words from the English language. Letters are perfectly legible and even turn … Continue reading

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Font Legibility and Data Visualization

Illegible type doesn’t communicate. It is a firstĀ order failure: when type can’t be deciphered the message cannot be delivered. Legibility, Type and Glyphs Traditionally, data visualization encodes with size or color or brightness. Legibility isn’t really a concern with these … Continue reading

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