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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In perhaps 80 percent of the work, two nearly separate stories march along apart,
as a trick is described in words and then again in pictures, or in clumps of words
with scattered pictorial interruptions. Sometimes it is helpful to see the entire ...
Below, in a sinister piece of disinformation from a billboard advertising cigarettes,
a thick frame clutters the words of warning (by activating the negative white space
between word and box) just as a waving hand masks small moves of the ...
Thoughtful text-figure integration ties 20 to 50 words to each of the 9 separate but
collaborating story- pictures. The typography is undistinguished; several captions
have a clumsy right rag, partly the consequence of the short line-length.
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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