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Apr
22
comment Should either the area or the length of a square be proportional to the data that is being visualized?
David - that's my edit! Rafael's original post said "if you are using a side, the area would be 4 times the value". If you know a better way to clarify that please do.
Apr
22
comment What's the name of this kind of typography combining multiple words into a shape?
Glad you mentioned 'tag cloud'. The Wikipedia article on tag clouds has a good overview of the history of these graphics.
Apr
22
comment Should either the area or the length of a square be proportional to the data that is being visualized?
The 'proportional to the amount of color on the page' is a very useful rule-of-thumb (at least in 2D); thanks for that I will be using it. The design I'm moving to is based on circles, I think you are right there
Apr
21
comment Should either the area or the length of a square be proportional to the data that is being visualized?
Can you give examples where the specifics or what we want the readers to read from the visualization would lead us to choose to make the length of the side of a square proportional to the datum instead of the area of the square?
Apr
21
comment Should either the area or the length of a square be proportional to the data that is being visualized?
+1 Very nifty graphic - thanks for that
Apr
21
comment Should either the area or the length of a square be proportional to the data that is being visualized?
Suppose the datum is 81. The if we use area the sides have length 9 giving an area of 81. If we do sides then they are of length 81 and the area is 6,561. 81 is not 4 times 9 and 6,561 is not 4 times 81. Where do you get 4 from?
Apr
21
comment Should either the area or the length of a square be proportional to the data that is being visualized?
4 times? Isn't it the difference between linear and squared?
Apr
21
comment Should either the area or the length of a square be proportional to the data that is being visualized?
Not yet. Is it broad? I was hoping that the answer was definite (I'm assuming it's "area") but that folk here would have more graphic design and perceptual psychology knowledge to back that up.
Apr
7
comment Fitting an object to an artboard in Adobe Illustrator
Thanks Scott - I'll just do it by sight rather than fretting about where the proper way to do it lives!
Jan
12
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
Interesting, but the uncanny valley is about things not quite looking like what they are trying to look like. (As an aside, I don't like the term as the other side of the valley is an act of faith. I'd prefer to call it the uncanny cliff.)
Nov
13
comment How to use alternative numerals in a font?
I've asked where this dialog might be hiding in PowerPoint over on the SuperUser SE
Nov
13
comment How to use alternative numerals in a font?
Thanks Rachel - hilariously funny that you found this when we're only two offices apart at work! Tres nerdy way of communicating.
Nov
13
comment How to use alternative numerals in a font?
I tried insert symbol in Word, but I could only find the text figures
Nov
13
comment How to use alternative numerals in a font?
@spiral good point - I've added that to the question
Nov
13
comment How to use alternative numerals in a font?
I could be wrong that Corbel includes both, "You're wrong. Corbel only includes text figures" could be the answer.
Sep
10
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
I do not understand how Comic Sans falls into Williams's notion of script. Can you summarise Williams's definition in your answer?
Sep
9
comment Why would a designer want to purchase a typeface instead of using free ones?
Why is this down-voted, it seems an interesting reason that is not covered in the other answers? Anyway, I'll up-vote to balance it out.
Sep
9
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@Mentalist the idea that tracing out Comic Sans by hand to give some feel for how it works as a handwriting font is fascinating and had not occurred to me. But I am struck by how difficult it is to trace out someone else's handwriting too, so although you'd gain insight, I'm not sure it serves as a great measure of handwrityness.
Sep
9
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@allcaps Thanks for the technical name, but isn't it a single-storey and double-storey 'a'? Neither are three storey, no? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A
Sep
8
comment What is wrong with Comic Sans?
@Tyler, yeah, I think I can only use the 2nd link because I'm a member of the One Letter group on flickr. It's in the group's pool but is not set to "public" so it's only visible in the groups pool. I should have checked for that and probably should not post a direct link!