Idan Gazit talked about data visualization at Pycon 2012 and gave some very interesting examples on how color, relationships, and type faces are used to present information. I was excited to listen to his 30-minute presentation:
The interesting message that I took away? Relationships matter. That is, people will always be looking for clues surrounding the information presented. The number “5”, for example, is huge when placed next to a “3”, but tiny when placed next to “1000.”
That exactly wasn’t an example Idan used, but rather my over-simplification of an idea that provoked me the most.
Anyway, many thanks to the front page of Hacker News for the link!