block by milroc 2991587

axes as whitespace

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This is a fork of Ziggy Jonsson’s Bar Stack (flex lao) to add to this conversation.

The purpose of this gist was to recommend using whitespace to represent the axes of visualizations, as they signify the zero point in the opposite dimensions encoding. Additionally, this enhances the users comprehension because positive and negative areas are able to be assessed independently.

When doing visual encoding, we tend to ignore whitespace and let 0’s handle themselves. To learn about other techniques around this concept, refer to: The Design of Nothing: Null, Zero, Blank by Andy Kirk (@visualisingdata).

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