Must read for everyone! Especially cited article from year 1914 .
There are so many beautiful tools for preparing “presentation graphics!” All they are so easy to use. So, we stop thinking about the graph and its meaning.
Over the previous hundred years, a lot of work has gone into standardizing the way scientific data is presented. All of this knowledge has been largely forgotten. I want us to bring it back to life.
source: Standards for Scientific Graphic Presentation .
Very interesting observations taken again from the blog DarkHorse Analytics on presenting graphs. Consider!
To illustrate how less ink is more effective, attractive and impactive we put together this animated gif. In it we start with a chart, similar to what we’ve seen in many presentations, and vastly improve it with progressive deletions and no additions.
Fore everyone: also applicable beyond the specific field for which it was written.
The fundamental purpose of scientific discourse is not the mere presentation of information and thought, but rather its actual communication. It does not matter how pleased an author might be to have converted all the right data into sentences and paragraphs; it matters only whether a large majority of the reading audience accurately perceives what the author had in mind. Therefore, in order to understand how best to improve writing, we would do well to understand better how readers go about reading. Such an understanding has recently become available through work done in the fields of rhetoric, linguistics and cognitive psychology. It has helped to produce a methodology based on the concept of reader expectations.
Source: The Science of Scientific Writing » American Scientist.