The Form of 
Facts and Figures

The Form of 
Facts and Figures

The Form of 
Facts and Figures

The Form of 
Facts and Figures

Visualizations and infographics have become a standard in many web publications. But which chart to choose for a certain data set or use case? I wrote a »cookbook« of more than 50 recipes to help non-designers to use charts and infographics on the web.

In early 2008, I finished my Master's studies in Interface Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, during which I focused on research around data visualisation and information design. As a result, »The Form of Facts and Figures« is the title of my thesis, a 200-pages hardcover book in a micro edition of only 4 copies.

Visualizations and infographics have become a standard in many web publications. But which chart to choose for a certain data set or use case? I wrote a »cookbook« of more than 50 recipes to help non-designers to use charts and infographics on the web.

In early 2008, I finished my Master's studies in Interface Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, during which I focused on research around data visualisation and information design. As a result, »The Form of Facts and Figures« is the title of my thesis, a 200-pages hardcover book in a micro edition of only 4 copies.

Visualizations and infographics have become a standard in many web publications. But which chart to choose for a certain data set or use case? I wrote a »cookbook« of more than 50 recipes to help non-designers to use charts and infographics on the web.

In early 2008, I finished my Master's studies in Interface Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, during which I focused on research around data visualisation and information design. As a result, »The Form of Facts and Figures« is the title of my thesis, a 200-pages hardcover book in a micro edition of only 4 copies.

Visualizations and infographics have become a standard in many web publications. But which chart to choose for a certain data set or use case? I wrote a »cookbook« of more than 50 recipes to help non-designers to use charts and infographics on the web.

In early 2008, I finished my Master's studies in Interface Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, during which I focused on research around data visualisation and information design. As a result, »The Form of Facts and Figures« is the title of my thesis, a 200-pages hardcover book in a micro edition of only 4 copies.

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The book’s goal is to create a taxonomy of visualisation techniques and methods for all kinds of information. During my studies in 2007/08, I noticed a trend in the UX design community to formalise design methods and artefacts by organising them in pattern libraries – systematic collections of design methods and components that can be reused and combined by designers to built higher-level systems and products. The aim of my Master's thesis was to establish a similar design system for the field of information visualisation.

The book’s goal is to create a taxonomy of visualisation techniques and methods for all kinds of information. During my studies in 2007/08, I noticed a trend in the UX design community to formalise design methods and artefacts by organising them in pattern libraries – systematic collections of design methods and components that can be reused and combined by designers to built higher-level systems and products. The aim of my Master's thesis was to establish a similar design system for the field of information visualisation.

The book’s goal is to create a taxonomy of visualisation techniques and methods for all kinds of information. During my studies in 2007/08, I noticed a trend in the UX design community to formalise design methods and artefacts by organising them in pattern libraries – systematic collections of design methods and components that can be reused and combined by designers to built higher-level systems and products. The aim of my Master's thesis was to establish a similar design system for the field of information visualisation.

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The thesis starts with a historical review of the discipline's evolution and describes the origin of popular visualisation techniques. It then attempts to establish a framework for a visual language of infographics and charting techniques. To this end, I studied charts, infographics and visualisations, both historical and contemporary, and tried to derive formal criteria by which these pieces can be categorised, such as chart dimensions, underlying data structures, or targeted media. Each of these categories was then translated into a design pattern, which, similar to a recipe in cook book, explains the formal concepts of this kind of visualisation along with real-world examples.

The thesis starts with a historical review of the discipline's evolution and describes the origin of popular visualisation techniques. It then attempts to establish a framework for a visual language of infographics and charting techniques. To this end, I studied charts, infographics and visualisations, both historical and contemporary, and tried to derive formal criteria by which these pieces can be categorised, such as chart dimensions, underlying data structures, or targeted media. Each of these categories was then translated into a design pattern, which, similar to a recipe in cook book, explains the formal concepts of this kind of visualisation along with real-world examples.

The thesis starts with a historical review of the discipline's evolution and describes the origin of popular visualisation techniques. It then attempts to establish a framework for a visual language of infographics and charting techniques. To this end, I studied charts, infographics and visualisations, both historical and contemporary, and tried to derive formal criteria by which these pieces can be categorised, such as chart dimensions, underlying data structures, or targeted media. Each of these categories was then translated into a design pattern, which, similar to a recipe in cook book, explains the formal concepts of this kind of visualisation along with real-world examples.

The thesis was published in the form of a 200-page hardcover book with of a collection of 55 design patterns that describe the functional aspects of graphic components for the display, behaviour and user interaction of complex infographics. A website accompanied the thesis for the first few years, but has been discontinued in 2014. The book is still available as a PDF free of charge.

The thesis was published in the form of a 200-page hardcover book with of a collection of 55 design patterns that describe the functional aspects of graphic components for the display, behaviour and user interaction of complex infographics. A website accompanied the thesis for the first few years, but has been discontinued in 2014. The book is still available as a PDF free of charge.

The thesis was published in the form of a 200-page hardcover book with of a collection of 55 design patterns that describe the functional aspects of graphic components for the display, behaviour and user interaction of complex infographics. A website accompanied the thesis for the first few years, but has been discontinued in 2014. The book is still available as a PDF free of charge.

The thesis was published in the form of a 200-page hardcover book with of a collection of 55 design patterns that describe the functional aspects of graphic components for the display, behaviour and user interaction of complex infographics. A website accompanied the thesis for the first few years, but has been discontinued in 2014. The book is still available as a PDF free of charge.

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