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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For magicians, this technique helps turn one card into another; for card hustlers, it
serves to deliver a particular card to an ally or victim. To begin this maneuver, the
left thumb pushes the top card slightly aside, thereby exposing a small part of ...
When this illustration is read quickly, the magician's illusion is performed
smoothly; under the dissecting microscope of a slow reading, however, the trick
falls apart, now diagnosed as the substitution of a thin circular ring or plastic disk
for the ...
Here, for example, is Professor Hoffmann in 1876: The first rule to be borne in
mind by the aspirant [magician] is this: "Never tell your audience beforehand
what you are going to do." If you do so, you at once give their vigilance 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