Bad programmers ignore details. Bad designers get lost in details (Nate Kirby)
I believe the modern “big data” world is moving in the direction of faster and more visual interaction with data. A good chart tool must be designed for more than just visualization – it should be designed for communicating information.
But how do we achieve this?
Minard’s “Figurative map of the successive losses of men in the French army during the Russian campaign, 1812-1813” is one of the most famous statistical graphics in the world.
“The numbers of men present are represented by the widths of the colored zones in a rate of one millimeter for ten thousand men; these are also written beside the zones. Red designates men moving into Russia, black those on retreat. “
Information visualization is the study of (interactive) visual representations of abstract data to reinforce human cognition (Wikipedia)