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JMM 622: The Truthful Art (Ch. 3 & 4)

Chapters 3 and 4 of The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo were interesting and appealing to me in the sense that they identify a lot with the title of the book itself.

“The more adequately a model fits whatever it stands for without being needlessly complex, and the easier it is for its intended audience to interpret it correctly, the better it will be.”

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JMM 622: The Truthful Art (Intro, Ch. 1, Ch. 2)

A few topics and concepts stuck with me after reading the Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2 of The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo. The concept of the island of knowledge and how the more we understand, the more intrigued and interested we are to knowing and learning new things is something that I definitely agree with. The island of knowledge and shoreline of wonder visualization specifically gave me the sort of “knowledge-building insight” that was later mentioned.

Another topic that stuck (which I thought was obvious but not so obvious at the same time), was that the most important thing there is to take into consideration when creating and designing a visualization is the quality of the data. It is always imperative that the information displayed is truthful, clear, and of course: functional.

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