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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By creating statistical graphics that revealed the data, Dr. John Snow was able to
discover the cause of the epidemic and bring it to an end. In contrast, by fooling
around with displays that obscured the data, those who decided to launch the ...
August September Ironically, the most famous aspect of Snow's work is also the
most uncertain part of his evidence: it is not at ... 3 11 Benjamin W. Richardson, "
The Life of John Snow, M.D.," foreword to John Snow, On Chloroform and Other ...
At right is how pop journalism might depict Snow's work, complete with celebrity
factoids, over- compressed data, and ... Even in the face of issues raised by a
modern statistical critique, it remains wonderfully true that John Snow did, after all
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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