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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Every color tint on the map signals four variables : latitude, longitude, sea or land,
and depth or altitude measured in meters. Then, on a visual layer separated from
the blue tints, thin gray lines trace out the routes of the oceanographic ships ...
By indicating depth with visually minimal gradations in color, the cartographers
were able to add an extra two-dimensional layer of gray- line data right on top of
the ocean contours. Minimal differences allow more differences. In ghastly ...
The subject-matter of Cezanne is not an apple or a person or a glass but a color-
space structure and rhythm. Cubism breaks our glass into Seurat broke light into "
points* One doesn't think to drink out Piles of paint tell us more bits and pushes ...
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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