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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Image from the videotape "Study of a Numerically Modeled Severe Storm,"
National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign, described in Robert B. Wilhelmson, Brian F. Jewett, Louis J. Wicker,
At left, the photograph shows icicles near the solid- fuel booster rocket; for a
sense of scale, note that the white booster rocket is 12 ft (3.7 m) in diameter. From
PCSSCA, volume 1, p. 113. One observer described the launch service tower as
3) 2 The visual logic of Scheiner's title page is described by Craig Williams (
Department of Classics, Yale University): "In his preface to the reader, Scheiner
compares himself and his research to bears and their activities. Like a bear
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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