The Syntax of Visual Language
Graphic representation constitutes one of the basic sign-systems conceived by the human mind for the purposes of storing, understanding, and communicating essential information. As a ‘language’ for the eye, graphics benefits from the ubiquitous properties of visual perception.
— Jacques Bertin
Functional visualisations are more than innovative statistical analysis and computational algorithms. Despite today’s graphic diversity, many projects tend to follow noticeable trends and common principles, which lead to an emergent taxonomy. This Syntax, a palette of visual elements, that consider colour, text, imagery, size, shape, contrast, transparency, position, orientation, layout, ti name a few, are the building blocks of a new visual language.
Segmented Radial Convergence
Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information by Manuel Lima