In his review of the book Data Sketches by Nadieh Bremer and Shirley Wu, Alberto Cairo describes that in data visualisation it has long been an accepted practice to follow rules like: ‘Piecharts are never a good choice’, ‘visualise data and nothing else’ and ‘data should speak for themselves’. We are so glad that more and more data visualisation designers are challenging those rules. Rules can help you learn the basics, but you should also learn how to break them!
From the review:
“As a consequence, generations of visualization designers grew up in an era of stern and often pious sobriety that sadly degenerated sometimes into the dismissive self-righteousness of popular slurs such as ‘chart junk’.”
We couldn’t agree more!