Layering and Separation

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.

Tufte Ch. 3 Reading Response

What Tufte seems to be getting at with layering and separation is that the space between objects by their creation, and the space taken up by the objects created has a heavy impact on information graphics. Using bold, thick lines, clunks things up by leaving less separation and makes things harder to scan through effectively. The concept that Tufte kept coming back to was Albers' "1+1= 3" concept. This concept explained that "one line plus one line results in many meanings" and that it's all about how the images are arranged that brings out the meaning within them (pg. 61).

Tufte - Layering and Separation

Proportion, transparency, coherence, order, tranquility....these are the results of data that is properly layered and separated. An information graphic with layering and separation affords greater visual interpretation. The independent elements become more organized and discernible. The relationships between data points are more clearly defined. Chaos disappears. Tufte is essentially saying that layering and separation produces simplicity of form and shape and visually appealing data. He writes about the removal of "clutter" and "noise reduction" (Tufte 62).

Layering and Separation

The phrase "layering and separation" is applicable to images specifically, because the colors of images need to be layered and separated in order for the image or design to be effective. In the example of the images of the figure doing the marshalling signals, the lights are bright orange, whereas the person is gray, which creates two different layers, helping the lights to stand out from the man. The color distinction also separates the man from the lights, as well.

Deliverables 1 and 2 for Project 2

At first I was looking at doing an infographic about coffee and caffeine consumption among college students because I consume both on a daily basis. However, as I was looking up more information, I felt that doing an infographic on prescription stimulants among college students would be a much more interesting topic on which to do my infographic. Plus, I found several sources that were very thorough on the topic.

project 2 deliv 2

I think that I will be displaying my information in a bar graph, mainly because I can group together different information blocks into groups of bars. I think I will try and make it somewhat creative and not just plain graphs. I'd like to incorporate the main idea image-wise into the information graphic itself. I've been brainstorming that a little, as well as looking up some ideas to make some sort of boring information somewhat interesting. But, bar graph will be my main objective.

Deliverable 2

My information graphic is going to take the form of a pie chart that displays the various reasons that facebook users reported for voluntarily taking a "facebook break" out of the total number of facebook users surveyed. The graphic may also include two other graphs that display users predicted change in time spent on facebook in the next year and the importance placed on facebook by such users.

Deliverable #2: Age matched with Income

I will be creating an information graphic which demonstrates major cities in the United States and correlating average income with average age. The information will all be gathered by the 2010 Census from the Census Burro. I thought this was relevant since we're all graduating and wanting to live in a location where higher incomes are made for students out of college. I will be focussing more on the age range from 22-30 (the young adult category).