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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6 Although apparently nothing special, this diagram above is effective and clever,
using subtle techniques to show a moderately complex sequence. An arrow- line
neatly traces out the three-space path of the otherwise absent right thumb.
Many traditional illustrations of magic do not convey such a finely detailed sense
of sequence and rhythm as that shown at far left. Nonetheless the artwork is
unpolished: the hands are silhouetted by a heavy outline (its uniform line- weight
In contrast, readers of pictorial instructions often have to spend too much of their
time coordinating small steps buried in large blocks of text with small steps buried
in a long sequence of illustrations. It is all as heavy-handed as Euclid, with ...
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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