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November 2, 2009

Lessons from Sumi-e

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From Garr Reynolds' blog Presentation Zen...

8 key lessons from Sumi-e
  1. More can be expressed with less.
  2. Never use more (color) when less will do.
  3. Omit useless details to expose the essence.
  4. Careful use of light-dark is important for creating clarity and contrast.
  5. Use color with a clear purpose and informed intention.
  6. Clear contrast, visual suggestion, and subtlety can exist harmoniously in one composition.
  7. In all things: balance, clarity, harmony, simplicity.
  8. What looks easy is hard (but worth it).
Not only is this great advice for presentations, but it's essential for communicating visualizations clearly and effectively.

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