04 March 2013

Tufte, pg. 46-64

1. Sparklines are "small high resolution graphics that are usually embedded in a full context of words, numbers, and images. " Explain how sparklines move through multivariate spaces and how the implications may result in a diagram of embedded value. pg. 47

2. Why are typographic sparklines so effective? Can these traces of sparklines within characters and fonts imply different moods, feelings, and meanings? pg. 48

3. When writing with data graphics, or producing sparklines within a set of images, words, or text, is the message of your intent amplified or lost (muddied)? Tufte defines this as "one of the best analytical designs ever." Is his stance accurate? 49

4. When taking analysis from financial reports such as stock readings or exchange rate readings for over a year, we are inputing quantifiable variables to produce sparklines. In what way can quality driven sparklines interfere with quantity driven sparklines? pg. 50

5. The diagram on pg. 52-53 of chromosome readings produces effects that graphically may imply architectural elements, such as an elevation or an abstract diagram. What elements of the graphic layout of data make the sparklines read architecturally?

6.  How can datawords imply different outcomes of events? For example, datawords can read win loss reports for sporting games graphically. What elements make the datawords more legible than a simple character of text or number? p.54

7. In reference to the Chart on pg. 56, the effect of the overtaking of boats, an action or verb, is represented graphically by intersecting two lines accordingly. Explain how grammar is interpreted into form (lines) within the Bumps Chart by Tim Granger. pg.56

8. Which plot reads more effectively, a 2D dotdashplot or a 3D dotdash plot? pg. 57

9.Explain why "lumpy" sparklines tend to read better than "spiked" sparklines and why post processing in other graphics based softwares such as Illustrator or photoshop enhances the quality, clarity, and meaning of a dataword or sparkline. pg. 60

10. Tufte gives a candid response to his positions on computers and their limitations. I wonder if he plays around with Grasshopper and Rhino. How does Rhino, a complex modeling software, and the native plug-in Grasshopper, an open-sourced algorithmic based parametric modeling plug in for Rhino that allows you to input and manipulate data, contest that of Tufte's? pg.63

1 comment:

Justin Woods said...

1. Spark lines graphically depict comparisons of multiple variables. When combined coherently these sparklines create a diagram that moves through space, esentially telling a story of information.
2. The eyes ability to detect tiny variations make typographic sparklines effective. Yes, I believe typographic sparklines can induce sperate emotions, and congnitive operations within the reader. All based on the individuality of each sparkline, and person.
3. I believe that the message of one's intent can be exponetially increased through sparklines and data graphics, however dependant on the clarity and legible organzaton of each individual composition.
4. I believe quality to be quite interpretive, an individaulistic observation, versus that of quantity which is much more tangible. When combined I believe a bias emerges.
5. The text at the bottom of the graph reads much like pilotis. The middle reads very freely, almost ribon like. The top of the graph I see as roof top gardens. Quite a Corbusian composition.
6. I believe the legibility of datwords to be less than that of a simple character of text or number, however I feel the meaning and depth to be much greater.
7. In order to “pull over”,or “pass” without losing as much momentum as possible a diagonal path is taken/created by each boat.
8. The 2d dot dash plot is easier to read, but then again the 3d dot dash plot provieds more information.
9. Words are “lumpy”. Graphics based softwares give complete control over an image. However one has to be able to tell the software what to do, so ultimately the author enhaces the sparkline.
10. Unfortunatey, I have zero experience with either program. But I would assume that they somehow magnify resoultoin of data and or graphics, and offer a high manipulating level of such.