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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of supercomputer scientific animations, 65% of the 134 color images published
had no scales or labeled dimensions at all and 22% had partial labels or scales.
Only 13% had complete labels and scales.6 Restoring quantitative order, my ...
Metaphors used in design of scientific visualizations include stages, lights,
cameras, movies, cartoons, and, regrettably, television. These enterprises are not
distinguished by their commitment to quantitative evidence; better guides for
For information displays, design reasoning must correspond to scientific
reasoning. Clear and precise seeing becomes as one with clear and precise
thinking. For example, the scientific principle, make controlled comparisons, also
guides 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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