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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Edward Tufte...100 Years Ago
In 1914's "Graphic Methods for Presenting Facts," Willard Cope Brinton sounds a LOT like Tufte ("This type of chart should be banished to the scrap heap.") as he dissects different chart types and criticizes poor visualization practices such as increasing area when only one dimension should change:

example from Graphic Methods for Presenting Facts
You can see the whole thing at Google Books -- there are a ton of visualizations, many that look very contemporary, all from 1914 or earlier.



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