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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In seemingly causing an object to vanish or an assistant to levitate, conjurers
amaze, delight, and even shock their audiences by the apparent violation of the
universal laws of nature and our daily experience of those laws.1 Since these ...
In explaining magic, diagrams on paper illuminate spatial depth and detail,
simultaneously exhibiting the revealed illusion and unveiling the concealed
gimmick, the different views of audience and performer. From a superbly
illustrated book, ...
Here, for example, is Professor Hoffmann in 1876: The first rule to be borne in
mind by the aspirant [magician] is this: "Never tell your audience beforehand
what you are going to do." If you do so, you at once give their vigilance 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jasonli - LibraryThing
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