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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When principles of design replicate principles of thought, the act of arranging
information becomes an act of insight. The first part of this book examines the
logic of depicting quantitative evidence. What principles should inform our
designs for ...
Visual representations of evidence should be governed by principles of
reasoning about quantitative evidence. For information displays, design
reasoning must correspond to scientific reasoning. Clear and precise seeing
becomes as one ...
Also professional standards of quantitative and graphical integrity point the way.
For example, economists agree that graphs depicting money over a period of
time should show inflation-adjusted (constant) monetary units.35 To use
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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