Tufte: Envisioning Information: "Small Multiples"

by Carson Reynolds

Already touched on in the first chapter, the use of “small multiple design” is covered in more depth in chapter 4. Tufte articulates several attributes that he thinks make small multiples a favorable design element. He notes that they favor comparisons: namely they allow visual comparisons within eyespans. They are also good for showing time series, or the evolution of systems.

The examples in this chapter are particularly stunning, some provided two dimensions of comparison. It might be interesting to use this technique to visualize the evolution of phase space.