# Tufte in R: Create minimal charts

7. Sep 2015Edward Tufte, the inventor of the boxplot, was an advocate for simple charts. Lukasz Piwek brings his rules to R (with code examples).

The idea behind Tufte in R is to use R – the most powerful open-source statistical programming language – to replicate excellent visualisation practices developed by Edward Tufte.

How to remove all superflousus information in R? With a combination of ggplot2 (or other plotting packages) and ggthemes:

ggplot default design:

`ggplot(bg_long, aes(x = jahr, y = value, group = variable, colour = variable)) +geom_line(size=2)`

ggplot2 and the tufte theme:

``Edward Tufte, the inventor of the boxplot, was an advocate for simple charts. Lukasz Piwek brings his rules to R (with code examples).

The idea behind Tufte in R is to use R – the most powerful open-source statistical programming language – to replicate excellent visualisation practices developed by Edward Tufte.

How to remove all superflousus information in R? With a combination of ggplot2 (or other plotting packages) and ggthemes:

ggplot default design:

`ggplot(bg_long, aes(x = jahr, y = value, group = variable, colour = variable)) +geom_line(size=2)`

ggplot2 and the tufte theme:

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