Simplicity – reduce ideas to their bare essential elementsSignalvs Noise Ratio – avoid cluttering up your presentation with irrelevant information or graphicsContrast – use contrast to emphasize the most important elements
Which graph is easier to look at?Correct Answer – Graph BBright colors are great for making important things stand out, but when they’re overused nothing stands out and it becomes more difficult to focus on the data.
Which of these two tables is easier to read?Correct Answer – Bottom TableThe grid, fill colors, unnecessary precision, and redundant use of the dollar signs in the top table all distract from the data and make it unnecessarily difficult to read and compare values.
Here’s another slide illustrating the same principles.In addition to Simplicity, Signal vs Noise, Contrast
Elegant Simplicity: Bridging the gap between the writer and the reader
Elegant Simplicity<br />
bridging the gap<br />between the writer <br />and the reader<br />
“We'll be working with the UK. The UK are already rolling out the biometrics. What we'll be endeavouring to do is to supplement and value add to that framework that's already in place, those technologies, so that we're not replicating or duplicating them.”Robert McClelland, Australian federal Attorney General<br />(weaselwords.com.au)<br />
“A solitary<br />crow on a bare branch – <br />autumn evening”<br />Basho<br />