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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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 / 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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