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I have three of Tufte's books (not the latest one yet), an I enjoy them gleatry, but their concepts are not always easy to directly put into practice. I consider these books of greater cultural value than technical value.I have two of Few's books, Show Me the Numbers and Information Dashboard Design. Both are informative, and they present concepts in a practical way that makes them easy to implement. Both authors are equally valuable, but for different reasons.
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{{Definition|A principle introduced by [[Tufte, Edward|Edward Tufte]] [Tufte, 1983, 1990].<br>
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[[Small Multiples]] are small, thumbnail-sized representations of multiple images displayed all at once, which allows the reader to immediately, and in parallel, compare the inter-frame differences.}}
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{{Quotation|Illustrations of postage-stamp size are indexed by category or a label, sequenced over time like the frames of a movie, or ordered by a quantitative variable not used in the single image itself.|[Tufte, 1990]}}
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They typically appear as sets of thumbnail sized graphics &mdash; using the same measures and scale &mdash; on a single page. They:
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*Depict comparison, enhance dimensionality, motion, and are good for multivariate displays
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*Invite comparison, contrasts, and show the scope of alternatives or  range of options
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*Can represent motion through ghosting of multiple images
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*Are particularly useful in computers  because they often permit the actual overlay of images, and rapid cycling.
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== External links ==
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*http://www.edwardtufte.com/
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*Luke Wroblewski, [http://www.uxmatters.com/MT/archives/000044.php Small Multiples Within a User Interface]
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*[http://www.juiceanalytics.com/writing/better-know-visualization-small-multiples/ Better Know a Visualization: Small Multiples] By Zach Gemignani (April 19, 2010)
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== References ==
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*[Gales, 1999] Larry Gales, [http://www.washington.edu/computing/training/561/zz-tufte.html ''Graphics and Web Design Based on Edward Tufte's Principles''], Created at: 1999, Retrieved at: 2004. http://www.washington.edu/computing/training/561/zz-tufte.html
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*[Garcia, 1994] Dan Garcia, [http://http.cs.berkeley.edu/~ddgarcia/tufte.html Summary of Edward Tufte's Visualization Course], Created at: 1994, Retrieved at: Oct, 2005. http://http.cs.berkeley.edu/~ddgarcia/tufte.html
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*[Tufte, 1983] Edward R. Tufte, ''The Visual Display of Quantitative Information'', Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT 1983.
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*[Tufte, 1990] Edward R. Tufte, [[Tufte, E.R.: Envisioning Information, Graphics Press, 1990|''Envisioning Information'']], Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT 1990.
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[[Category: Glossary]]

Latest revision as of 15:37, 14 April 2013

A principle introduced by Edward Tufte [Tufte, 1983, 1990].
Small Multiples are small, thumbnail-sized representations of multiple images displayed all at once, which allows the reader to immediately, and in parallel, compare the inter-frame differences.
Illustrations of postage-stamp size are indexed by category or a label, sequenced over time like the frames of a movie, or ordered by a quantitative variable not used in the single image itself.
[Tufte, 1990]


They typically appear as sets of thumbnail sized graphics — using the same measures and scale — on a single page. They:

  • Depict comparison, enhance dimensionality, motion, and are good for multivariate displays
  • Invite comparison, contrasts, and show the scope of alternatives or range of options
  • Can represent motion through ghosting of multiple images
  • Are particularly useful in computers because they often permit the actual overlay of images, and rapid cycling.

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