Eliminating chartjunk

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April 18
Next week, your assignment is to bring a complete electronic draft (a draft - no necessary your final talk) of your Pecha Kucha graphics to class. You'll use these visuals to deliver a practice talk to one other student in the class. This exercise will help each of us talk through our presentation and test out what ideas work in the constrained format of Pecha Kucha (and which ones maybe don't). Please remember to also bring a timer (either electronic or analog) so that you can tell how well your talk fits into 6:40.

I'd also encourage you to ask yourself: What is the arc (or shape) of my presentation? I've included a link to great video by Nancy Duarte (check out her team's outstanding blog here) explaining how structure and story can help you make a real impact.
Nancy Duarte, Sparkline Overview

Chartjunk links

Chartjunk - all visual elements in charts and graphs that are not necessary to comprehend the information represented on the graph, or that distract the viewer from this information.

As Tufte said 'Above all else, show the data'. Here are a few links to help communicate visual information more effectively.

information aesthetics on communicating data clearly

The problem with pie charts

The Economist argues that charts are 'Worth A Thousand Words'.

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