Visual explanations: images and quantities, evidence and narrative
Riveting ideas on presenting better information design. Few would disagree: Life in the information age can be overwhelming. Through computers, the Internet, the media, and even our daily newspapers, we are awash in a seemingly endless stream of charts, maps, infographics, diagrams, and data. "Visual Explanations," the latest book by Edward R. Tufte, a Yale design professor, is a navigational guide through this turbulent sea of information. The book is an essential reference for anyone involved in graphic, Web, or multimedia design, as well as for educators and lecturers who use graphics in presentations or classes.
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Cholera broke out in the Broad Street area of central London on the evening of
August 31, 1854. John Snow, who had investigated earlier epidemics, suspected
that the water from a community pump- well at Broad and Cambridge Streets was
In some of the instances, where the deaths are scattered a little further from the
rest on the map, the malady was probably contracted at a nearer point to the
pump. A cabinet-maker who resided on Noel Street [some distance from Broad
He had fixed his attention on the Broad Street pump as the source and centre of
the calamity. He advised removal of the pump-handle as the grand prescription.
The vestry was incredulous, but had the good sense to carry out the advice.
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An eye-opening read. As a linguistic who deals with databases, this book dramatically improved my writing and design of graphics for publication. Read full review
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In "Visual Explanations," Tufte walks us through various case studies of visual explanations (charts, graphs, graphics, diagrams and maps). Some of the case studies are about great works, while others ... Read full review
Images and Quantities
Displays of Evidence for Making Decisions
Pictorial Instructions and Disinformation Design
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