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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Published photographs of works of art often fail to indicate a sense of the sizes of
the original objects. Scholarly writings usually report the dimensions of the
original; the scalings of published reproductions, however, vary capriciously in ...
Despite the forceful perspective, the original image (left page) is informationally
flat. Every element— clock, grid, rectangular domain, cloud, shadow, the
brooding School- of- Caravaggio background— is intense and contrasty. In the
These enterprises are not distinguished by their commitment to quantitative
evidence; better guides for design are excellent maps and statistical graphics.
The original design at far upper left briefly quantifies the storm, as measurement
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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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