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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Huygens presents a series of still images in order to depict motion. To resolve
such discontinuous spatial representations of continuous temporal activity,
viewers must interpolate between images, closing up the gaps.4 In the diagram
Since many slices of information are displayed within the eyespan, alert viewers
may be able to detect contrasts and correspondences at a glance—
uninterrupted visual reasoning. And some multiples, like good graphics of all
kinds, are worth ...
The text is often so much fuller than the illustration that the latter seems a mere
token, like a pictorial title; one or two figures or some attribute or accessory object
, seen together, will evoke for the instructed viewer the whole chain of actions ...
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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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