Data-ink ratio establishes that every pixel used to represent data must be non-redundant and non-erasable, meaning that if the ink is removed from the image, the graphic will lose the content.
That Tufte’s principle can be understood very quickly with this example gif image:
On this occasion, I’m going to take a risk and forcing me to find examples on Dribbble, a social network for designers where you can find outstanding visual design examples.
The reason why is because it’s easy to see the fail on old and poor designed interfaces, but it’s harder to find the ‘room of improvement’ in those places which already excel.
Disclaimer: I’m not judging the quality and creativity of these designs (which is obvious and I envy), but just trying to do a conscious exercise of critique to identify improvements in the case those designs were meant to be made with the viewer’s understanding in mind.Read more