Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative is about pictures of verbs, the representation of mechanism and motion, process and dynamics, causes and effects, explanation and narrative. Practical applications and examples include statistical graphics, charts for making important decisions in engineering and medicine, technical manuals, diagrams, design of computer interfaces and websites and on-line manuals, animations and scientific visualizations, techniques for talks, and design strategies for enhancing the rate of information transfer in print, presentations, and computer screens. The use of visual evidence in deciding to launch the space shuttle Challenger is discussed in careful detail. Video snapshots show redesigns of a supercomputer animation of a thunderstorm. The book is designed and printed to the highest standards, with luscious color throughout and four built-in flaps for showing motion and before/after effects.
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The matching of phrase against phrase , clause against clause , lends an
unmistakable eloquence to prose , " writes Richard Altick , employing a parallel
structure . ' In Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire , Edward Gibbon describes
The horses of Degas are parallel in space , located close together on the paper .
Spatial parallelism takes advantage of our notable capacity to compare and
reason about multiple images that appear simultaneously within our eyespan .
Instead this diagram arrays numbered heads as an intermediary code , linking
the picture to names of the 146 attendees.14 Five descriptions of the astronomers
run in parallel : ( 1 ) photograph , ( 2 ) hand - drawn heads , ( 3 ) handwritten ...
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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