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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statistical graphics— quantified measures of locations of nouns in two-
dimensional space — and yet it took 5,000 years to change the name of the
coordinates from west-east and north-south to empirically measured variables X
and Y. The ...
Not a great many substantive problems, however, are exclusively two-
dimensional. Indeed, the world is generally multivariate. For centuries, the
profound, central issue in depicting information has been how to represent three
or more ...
The Constructor also points to the fundamental issue in representation: how do
we go about depicting a world of three or more dimensions, the world our mind
knows, on two-dimensional flatlands of paper?21 In viewing the montage, our
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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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