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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The graph at right shows the number of sunspots by year, 1749 to 1924, moving
along in the well-known 11-year cycle. But there is much more in these data than
simply rhythms and shapes. Cleveland's good idea is to choose an aspect ratio ...
Codes sometimes cause confusion; here, the sunspot marked with the letter O is
accompanied by another mark indicating that the letter itself is not a sunspot !
Thus X means "This O does not represent a sunspot, rather this O labels another
Delightful confections, uniquely concocted mixtures of images, fill the illustrated
books of the 17th century.1 An extravagant book about sunspots completed in
1630 by Christopher Scheiner, a Jesuit rival of Galileo, has a curious title, Rosa ...
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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