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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4 The Smallest Effective Difference 73 Q P O EXTERNAL EAR MIDDLE EAR '
Resembling the needles of acupuncture, some 25 thick pointer- lines penetrate
this human ear. Heavier than the linework for the ear itself, the pointers merely
Design by means of the smallest effective difference helps to maximize the
resolution of our images. In practice, the size of smallest effective difference will
depend on the context, priority of particular visual elements in the overall story,
Minimal differences allow more differences. In ghastly contrast below, a rainbow
... Despite these local complications, the global principle of the smallest effective
difference resolves many visual issues— serving perhaps even as an algorithm ...
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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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