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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Snow's explanation replaced previously held beliefs that cholera spread through
the air or by some other means. In those times many years before the discovery
of bacteria, one fantastic theory speculated that cholera vaporously rose out of ...
140- Deaths from cholera, each day during the epidemic Handle removed from
Broad Street pump, September 8, 1854 20 22 24 26 28 30 1 5 7 I I I I f +- Mi 13 15
17 19 21 23 25 27 29 Data source: plotted from the table in Snow, Cholera, p. 49.
Snow drew a dot map, marking each individual death. This design has statistical
costs and benefits : death rates are not shown, and such maps may become
cluttered with excessive detail; on the other hand, the sometimes deceptive
effects of ...
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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