Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative is about pictures of verbs, the representation of mechanism and motion, process and dynamics, causes and effects, explanation and narrative. Practical applications and examples include statistical graphics, charts for making important decisions in engineering and medicine, technical manuals, diagrams, design of computer interfaces and websites and on-line manuals, animations and scientific visualizations, techniques for talks, and design strategies for enhancing the rate of information transfer in print, presentations, and computer screens. The use of visual evidence in deciding to launch the space shuttle Challenger is discussed in careful detail. Video snapshots show redesigns of a supercomputer animation of a thunderstorm. The book is designed and printed to the highest standards, with luscious color throughout and four built-in flaps for showing motion and before/after effects.
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... flow , reinforcing the already understood direction of reading at least in left -
right conventions of the occidental world . ... the magician's illusion is performed
smoothly ; under the dissecting microscope of a slow reading , however , the trick
To indicate depth , the contour lines are labeled by numbers , a design that
enhances accuracy of reading and nearly eliminates any need to refer back to
the legend . Every color tint on the map signals four variables : latitude , longitude
, sea ...
For some hospitalized patients , a flowsheet ( similar to a spreadsheet ) tabulates
measurements ; every time a reading is taken , however , another row is opened ,
a clumsy way to organize a data grid . Charts and flowsheets are bulky ...
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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
Images and Quantities
Displays of Evidence for Making Decisions
Pictorial Instructions and Disinformation Design
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