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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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 ...
Although the still flatland of two-dimensional paper works reasonably well for
explaining the step- by-step mechanics of a trick, paper is hopeless for revealing
the swift dexterity of motion that makes for convincing illusions presented to an ...
It follows, as a practical consequence of this first rule, that you should never
perform the same trick twice on the same evening. The best trick loses half its
effect on repetition, but besides this, the audience knows precisely what is
coming, and ...
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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