One of my first vis.social hoots was a recommendation to read Understanding Comics. Here's a direct effort to use the grammar of comics in data viz, using gutters to omit the parts where nothing happens.
@alexwein did you stumble upon the link between comics and vis on your own? It's recently been a generally hot topic
@matth I started reading comics in the last few years, and it was easy to see some parallels with viz, but it wasn't until hearing McCloud on 99% Invisible in January and reading his book that it all really clicked. Since then, I've noticed -- no surprise -- that others were also thinking this through. I definitely drew inspiration from what you've published on Medium.
@alexwein Ok, do you know about Dr. Ben Bach's work on it? He has an enumeration of design patterns in data comics if you search for "data comics design patterns"
@alexwein nice! this would be useful for series with very long periods of nothing happening. and then having the top chart much smaller for reference would be a good space saver; and the bottom could accommodate annotations aplenty
@jonasoesch thanks. Yeah, Bach et al seem to have thought the hardest about this. It's been super inspiring.
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