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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Recasting the original data from their one-dimensional temporal ordering into a
two-dimensional spatial comparison, Snow marked deaths from cholera (mh) on
this map, along with locations of the area's 11 community water pump- wells (® ).
For information displays, design reasoning must correspond to scientific
reasoning. Clear and precise seeing becomes as one with clear and precise
thinking. // For example, the scientific principle, make controlled comparisons,
also guides ...
Furthermore, rapidly flipping the flap, veiling and unveiling, brings about a nearly
simultaneous visual comparison of the old and new buildings exactly in position.
2 This temporal flip-parallelism enhances the reading of differences, which is the
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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