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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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
This chart quietly begins to define the scope of the analysis : a handful of
previous flights that experienced O-ring problems.29 The next chart (below left)
describes how erosion in the primary O-ring interacts with its back-up, the
21 2S Two charts further narrowed the evidence. Above left, "Blow-By History"
mentions the two previous launches, srm 15 and srm 22, in which soot (blow- by)
was detected in the field joints upon post- launch examination. This information ...
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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