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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Introduction Assessments of change, dynamics, and cause and effect are at the
heart of thinking and explanation. To understand is to know what cause provokes
what effect, by what means, at what rate. How then is such knowledge to be ...
It was now time to act; after all, the reason we seek causal explanations is in
order to intervene, to govern the cause so as to govern the effect: "Policy- thinking
is and must be causality- thinking."5 Snow described his findings to the
The best trick loses half its effect on repetition, but besides this, the audience
knows precisely what is coming, and have all their faculties directed to find out at
what point you cheated their eyes on the first occasion. 27 These techniques of ...
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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