Archive for January, 2011

Designing with the Mind in Mind: A Brief Book Review

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Despite the many negative reviews that I’ve written over the years in this blog, nothing pleases me more than opportunities to praise something that’s exceptionally good. A new book by Jeff Johnson, Designing with the Mind in Mind: A Simple Guide to Understanding User Interface Design Rules, gives me just such an opportunity.

Even before opening [...]

Simplicity vs. Complexity: Design Goals

Monday, January 10th, 2011

One of the guiding mottos of my work in data visualization is “eloquence through simplicity”—eloquence of communication through simplicity of design. I share this goal with many designers, present and past. Leonardo da Vinci once wrote: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Unfortunately, people sometimes misunderstand what we mean by simplicity, assuming that simplification is a [...]