Small Multiples – Jenna Hayden

A comic titled, Hillary Rodham Clinton by Steven Weissman. Taken from the WTD website.

A comic titled, Hillary Rodham Clinton by Steven Weissman. Taken from the WTD website.

This is a comic by Steven Weissman titled Hillary Rodham Clinton. This comic is a combination of illustrations and words that convey the principles that Tufte wrote about. Tufte wrote about the importance of successfully using words, numbers and images together. The comic is a combination of a few small multiples that come together to tell one story.  The illustration alone tells a more ambiguous story, a woman burying something dead, while with the addition of text tells a more detailed story, Hilary Clinton burying her (dead) Presidential opponents. This is an example of successful word-image integration that Tufte refers to. Words without the images or vice versa in this case would not relay as much information but combined, it is clear story that is “data bountiful.”

While the framing sizes of the small multiples are all the same size, the illustrations carry your eye in the direction of the story through the movements of Hilary. Weissman conveys the story successfully through the “data rather than the data-containers.” Even though the color in this comic is not emphasized, having only used shades of yellow, blue, red and black, it’s the way the frames become darker as well, that helps distinguish order.

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