I think layering and separation basically comes down to the idea of avoiding clutter. You have to be able to combine a variety of elements into one finished product. However, the trick is that the audience has to be able to comprehend it and it must reveal the point you want to get across. Tufte gives an example through the 1+1=3 principle. Once two black lines are drawn, a third line or white path is created. Normally this type of thing is not wanted. This is a simple example, but it applies to information design as a whole. When you place two objects together sometimes it will not have the desired effect that you thought it might have. I think this quote sums up layering and separation, "Failure to differentiate among layers of reading leads to cluttered and incoherent displays filled with disinformation, generated by the unrelenting interactive visual arithmetic of flatland, 1+1=3 or more" (Tufte 65).
I like your first few
Submitted by jess405 on
I like your first few sentences it sums up the purpose of layering and separation. And I completely agree with you that to successfully use layering and separation the "audience has to be able to comprehend it and it must reveal the point you want to get across."
You mention that normally the
Submitted by CM on
You mention that normally the white line between two black lines is unwanted. Is there any way to escape this? Or only ways to use it to your advantage?