The Design Philosophy of Great Tables

Over the past 5,000 years, tables have evolved from simple grids to highly structured displays of data

The Design Philosophy of Great Tables
17 minutes by Rich Iannone and Michael Chow

We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about tables. Tables—like plots—are crucial as a last step toward presenting information. There is surprising sophistication and nuance in designing effective tables. Over the past 5,000 years, they’ve evolved from simple grids to highly structured displays of data. Although we argue that the mid-1900s served as a high point, the popularization and wider accessibility of computing seemingly brought us back to the simple, ancient times.

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