Big Ideas 2/23

Visualizations are concrete representations of abstract ideals, such as time or relationships.  The image does not exist on its own, but as an interpretation of a subject beyond itself.  Because of this, the visual also alludes to the connections between different aspects of the represented relationships.  Choices of color, structure, type, and other dimensions illustrate how different abstract elements combine and diverge in the outside world.  Designers, therefore, have to take this into account when designing graphics: connections between different graphical elements hold implications towards the connections of their real-life counterparts [CJR].