This doesn't show that less is more. All it shows was the stating point looked like shit.
There's a point somewhere in the middle where the information design on this is clear and concise. The end state is not by any means good information design, though. It isn't even better than the start state.
My thoughts exactly. Also, this feels a bit like a set up — the initial design is as much “more” as it is “bad”. Winning an argument by stacking the cards feels like an empty win.
The GIF essentially goes through the steps outlined by Edward Tufte in the book 'The visual display of quantitative information', which I highly recommend reading. Packed full of detailed visual examples, and compelling scientific narrative to back each of them.
Taken out of context, the GIF makes an unfair example of some solid theories in information design, which is a shame..
Jump into part two of the book for a runthrough of what the GIFs illustrating: http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/students/envs_5120/tufte_2001.pdf
If you have the money to invest, the examples are a hell of allot better with colour: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0961392142
Fair point. I've always treated Tufte as a recommendation but not a requirement. Its up to the designer to use good judgment and decide how far to go with the stuff he says, because he goes really far out there sometimes.
My bad for not copy the direct link guys! Copied from twitter.
For those who don't want to wait: http://gif-explode.com/?explode=http://i.imgur.com/WntrM6p.gif
Did you even look at that before submitting it?
I did Jeff the problem is that I copied the link from the twitter not browser :/
I believe Jeff's comment was about Adam's link.
LOL! Checking from my mobile. Thanks Daniel!
Hmm of course I checked it, it was looking fine when I submitted it! Sorry guys!
Really cool illustration. Using an animated GIF no less. Minimal advice delivered in a minimal medium :o)