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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The beautiful and widely publicized "three-dimensional images" and video "
flyovers" of Venus released by nAsA and the Magellan Project at the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory all have a vertical exaggeration of 22.5 to 1. This distortion
A high-level nasa official responded that he was "appalled" by the
recommendation not to launch and indicated that the rocket-maker, Morton
Thiokol, should reconsider, even though this was Thiokol's only no-launch
recommendation in 12 ...
Engineers at Thiokol prepared 1 3 charts to make the case that the Challenger
should not be launched the next day, given the forecast of very chilly weather.28
Drawn up in a few hours, the charts were faxed to nasa and discussed in two
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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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