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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Humphry Repton, the British landscape architect, quantified the perspective
drawing at left by placing three people with ten-foot poles around the grounds
shown on the before flap. To explain the scaling, which combines the methods of
Lifting the flap above provides an example of parallelism in time, a before I after
presentation of an architectural redesign (a Doric portico added to a cosy cottage
). At the instant of unveiling, the new image delights the eye. Concealing and ...
Since the proposed redesign merely applies a facade to the old building, the
viewing sequence becomes : first the cottage on the flap, then the grandiose
decoration beneath, and finally the parallel ghost of the old cottage peeking
through the ...
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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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