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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statistical graphics— quantified measures of locations of nouns in two-
dimensional space— and yet it took 5,000 years to change the name of the
coordinates from west-east and north-south to empirically measured variables X
and Y. The ...
Not a great many substantive problems, however, are exclusively two-
dimensional. Indeed, the world is generally multivariate. For centuries, the
profound, central issue in depicting information has been how to represent three
or more ...
The Constructor also points to the fundamental issue in representation : how do
we go about depicting a world of three or more dimensions, the world our mind
knows, on two-dimensional flatlands of paper?21 In viewing the montage, our
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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