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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Heavier than the linework for the ear itself, the pointers merely link elements in
the drawing to letter-codes in a parts list — a minor task generating much noise
and clutter. This poor ear evokes a woodcut published in 1517, "The Wound Man,
Q P O EXTERNAL EAR MIDDLE EAR J semicircular canals L K I H G F The idea
of the smallest effective difference helps in designing the various secondary and
structural elements in displays of information- arrows, pointer lines, dimension ...
Parallelism connects visual elements. Connections are built among images by
position, orientation, overlap, synchronization, and similarities in content.
Parallelism grows from a common viewpoint that relates like to like. Congruity 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
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