Thursday, June 20, 2019

Visualization style guides

I'm a fan of visualization and infographics style guides. In the past decade I've put together a small collection that includes gems such as old ones from the Dallas Morning News and the Los Angeles Times, and more recent ones, such as the Urban Institute's. Urban's Jon Schwabish as a pretty comprehensive collection, as well.

The most recent addition to my collection —thanks to Rafa Höhr for the tip— is the graphics style guide from The London Datastore, the data portal from the city of London. Written by Mike Brondbjerg, the guide (PDF) provides sound advice on typography, color, and composition. As other documents of its kind, it's a good starting point if you're a beginner in data visualization and you're still unsure about style choices. Also, don't miss the Further Reading section at the bottom of the guide's website.