Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative is about pictures of verbs, the representation of mechanism and motion, process and dynamics, causes and effects, explanation and narrative. Practical applications and examples include statistical graphics, charts for making important decisions in engineering and medicine, technical manuals, diagrams, design of computer interfaces and websites and on-line manuals, animations and scientific visualizations, techniques for talks, and design strategies for enhancing the rate of information transfer in print, presentations, and computer screens. The use of visual evidence in deciding to launch the space shuttle Challenger is discussed in careful detail. Video snapshots show redesigns of a supercomputer animation of a thunderstorm. The book is designed and printed to the highest standards, with luscious color throughout and four built-in flaps for showing motion and before/after effects.
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The beautiful and widely publicized "three-dimensional images" and video "
flyovers" of Venus released by nasa and the Magellan Project at the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory all have a vertical exaggeration of 22.5 to 1. This distortion
A high-level nasa official responded that he was "appalled" by the
recommendation not to launch and indicated that the rocket-maker, Morton
Thiokol, should reconsider, even though this was Thiokol's only no- launch
recommendation in 12 ...
Engineers at Thiokol prepared 13 charts to make the case that the Challenger
should not be launched the next day, given the forecast of very chilly weather.28
Drawn up in a few hours, the charts were faxed to nasa and discussed in two
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KirkLowery - LibraryThing
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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