Theme based on Chapter 6 'Data-Ink Maximization and Graphical Design' of Edward Tufte *The Visual Display of Quantitative Information*. No border, no axis lines, no grids. This theme works best in combination with geom_rug() or geom_rangeframe().

theme_tufte(base_size = 11, base_family = "serif", ticks = TRUE)



base font size, given in pts.


base font family


logical Show axis ticks?


The default font family is set to 'serif' as he uses serif fonts for labels in 'The Visual Display of Quantitative Information'. The serif font used by Tufte in his books is a variant of Bembo, while the sans serif font is Gill Sans. If these fonts are installed on your system, then you can use them with the package extrafont.


Tufte, Edward R. (2001) The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Chapter 6.


library("ggplot2") p <- ggplot(mtcars, aes(x = wt, y = mpg)) + geom_point() + scale_x_continuous(breaks = extended_range_breaks()(mtcars$wt)) + scale_y_continuous(breaks = extended_range_breaks()(mtcars$mpg)) + ggtitle("Cars") p + geom_rangeframe() + coord_cartesian(clip="off") + theme_tufte()
p + geom_rug() + theme_tufte(ticks = FALSE)