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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6 Although apparently nothing special, this diagram above is effective and clever,
using subtle techniques to show a moderately complex sequence. An arrow-line
neatly traces out the three-space path of the otherwise absent right thumb.
Many traditional illustrations of magic do not convey such a finely detailed sense
of sequence and rhythm as that shown at far left. Nonetheless the artwork is
unpolished: the hands are silhouetted by a heavy outline (its uniform line- weight
In contrast, readers of pictorial instructions often have to spend too much of their
time coordinating small steps buried in large blocks of text with small steps buried
in a long sequence of illustrations. It is all as heavy-handed as Euclid, with ...
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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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