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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Yet instead of focusing on a possible link between damage and temperature—
the vital issue here— the strongest visual presence in this graph is the clutter
generated by the outlines of the 48 little rockets. The visual elements bounce and
Muting these secondary elements will often reduce visual clutter— and thus help
to clarify the primary information. Minimal contrasts of the secondary elements (
figure) relative to the negative space (ground) will tend to produce a visual ...
Above left, the illustration fails to distinguish between the handcuff and Houdini's
thin metal strip for secretly unlocking the handcuff.3 In the redrawing at right, the
strip is separated from the handcuff by means of a small visual move.
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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