- Less is More. What information really has to be there for sense? Is it clear? Does the reader have to work to get it?
- Think vertically. Horizontal space is precious
- Complicated graphics are still worth it. But you will have to do it differently for mobile
- If you’re working with a graphics team talk to them early, with a quick description of the concept to visualise, and with any relevant data you already have.
- If you’re working with charting tools, think vertically, beware of over-labelling and create several charts if one is going to be a mess.
- If you’re not working with either of those, try chart blocks, RAWGraphics or other tools available online.
From Colleen McEnaney, graphics editor of the Wall Street Journal, speaking at News:Rewired today.
Martin Stabe, head of FT interactive news, added his three priorities for data visualisations:
- Responsive – has to work across different devices
- Timeliness – automate updates
- Interactivity. To be avoided if you can do without it
Reduce clicks – encourage scrolling, even use the ‘rhetorical scroll’ to, for example, emphasise scale.
The session was moderated by John Crowley, Editor-in-Chief of IBT