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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592538061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592538065
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Meirelles (Northeaster Univ.) has made an important contribution to the field of information design. In the 1980s and 1990s Edward Tufte wrote Visual Display of Quantitative Information (CH, Nov'83), Envisioning Information (CH, Nov'90, 28-1398), and Visual Explanations (CH, Jul'97, 34-6236). Not since Tufte's work has a book on information design promised such an advance. The key here is the careful classification of information into six kinds of "structures." These are reflected by the six chapter titles: "Hierarchical Structures: Trees"; "Relational Structures: Networks"; "Temporal Structures: Timelines and Flows"; "Spatial Structures: Maps"; "Spatio-Temporal Structures"; and "Textual Structures." Very well illustrated and well written, this book will probably become the benchmark for teaching information design. With an appendix, detailed bibliography, and comprehensive index, this is a key resource in the field. It also makes a contribution to general graphic design theory, as its structural classification can be extended to all kinds of visual communication. Summing Up: Essential." - Choice

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Isabel Meirelles is Associate Professor in Graphic Design at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she teaches Information Design. For the past 15 years, she has worked in communication design as art director in publication design, as well as in motion and interactive design. Her research revolves around the theoretical and experimental examination of the fundamentals underlying how information is structured, represented, and communicated in different media.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Kittrell on November 5, 2013
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While many of the core design hints can be found elsewhere the case studies set this apart from most other information visualization guidebooks. Well written and organized this will be useful to both graphic design and programmer staff looking to find new and useful ways to present information.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frank Armstrong on November 27, 2013
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Wonderful visual examples of infomation design and visualization that explain very accessible, well-researched and well-written text. A great book for educators and students.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Kane on November 24, 2013
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Clear, thorough, beautifully designed. This book is indispensable for both the student and the professional. A delight from start to finish.
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