Join Bill Shander for an in-depth discussion in this video Simplification - KWYRWTS, part of Data Visualization for Data Analysts.
- Blaise Pascal was a 17th-century mathematician and physicist. He's famous for lots of things, contributed to probability theory and pre-computers, the ideas of computers. Greatly influenced modern math, economics, social science, computer science. I mean, the guy's a legend. But I always remember him for a quote that, ironically, is actually usually attributed to Mark Twain. You've probably heard it before, but what he said was, "I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time." Many of the lessons in this course have essentially been getting at this one simple idea that can be summed up in two words, and it's really important.
Just do less. It's really a good life philosophy. Talk less, eat less, fight less, work less. Although you should do some things more, like exercise and saying thank you and I love you, calling your mother, things like that. But, it's a really good overall design philosophy. As Pascal said, it's not necessarily easy, but it's almost always better. And it goes against the instincts of many data people. If you're one of those people that always strives to say more, ignore your gut. If you take only one thing away from this course, this is it.
Please commit this to memory right now. And to do less, you have to know what you really wanna say, and then say it, and only it. You can use this handy and easy to remember acronym, KWYRWTS. (laughs) Just kidding. But seriously, remember, know what you really wanna say. Just do less.
- Why visual communications matter, and how they work
- Communicating via story
- Communicating with color
- Using legends and sources
- Sketching and wireframing
- Rethinking slides, charts, and diagrams
- Rethinking your templates and brand guidelines