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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As analytical graphics, the displays failed to reveal a risk that was in fact present.
As presentation graphics, the displays failed to persuade government officials
that a cold- weather launch might be dangerous. In designing those displays, the
For our case studies, and surely for the many other instances where evidence
makes a difference, the conclusion is unmistakable: if displays of data are to be
truthful and revealing, then the logic of the display design must reflect the logic of
Do the methods of display avoid spurious readings of the data? Are appropriate
comparisons and contexts shown ? Sometimes we have a clear empirical test of
visual truth- telling : Was a wise derision made and prudent action taken on 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