5-minute Guide: Graphic Design Principles for Information Visualization

Over last few years, Information visualization has become of the key contemporary communication medium and also research techniques. But unless you went to design school, how can you create good looking designs such as the ones on www.visualizing.org or infosthetics.com ?

(Note that I am not talking about visualization part itself - how to effectively translate data into visual representations, which visualization techniques to use then, etc. - but about graphic design part, i.e. how to “style” your visualizations.)

The purpose of this guide is to reduce modern design to seven essential "algorithms." Follow these principles and your design will look and communicate much better:

7 Principles for Designing Good-Looking Visualizations

Great visualization design: 2010 Annual Report by Nicholas Feltron.