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ISBN-13: 978-0195311846 ISBN-10: 0195311841 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195311841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195311846
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,607,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Graphic displays get better and better and become more and more important in the modern information age. Graph Design for Eye and Mind is the best place to learn the art and science of graphic design and comprehension. Stephen Kosslyns fine book is engaging, wise, and exceptionally useful. Read it and you'll become an expert on graphic communication, and you'll learn a lot about how the mind and brain perform one of our species most remarkable skills."--Reid Hastie, Professor of Behavioral Science, University of Chicago

"Finally, a book that connects the art of graph design to the science of visual perception. Stephen Kosslyn, an authority on mental imagery and perception, manages to boil complex research findings down into clear and concrete advice on how to design graphs that illuminate rather than obfuscate."--Keith Holyoak, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, UCLA

"For nearly three decades, Stephen Kosslyn has developed an approach to effective and attractive graph design that rests extensively on scientific evidence. Not only does his treatment provide detailed guidelines for constructing graphs, it explains why these guidelines work, and why numerous pitfalls arise when they're not followed. Students learning to graph data for science, journalism, business, and other graph-intensive activities will benefit significantly from this book. It also offers a reference manual for skilled professionals who need to construct unfamiliar types of graphs on occasion."--Lawrence W. Barsalou, Professor of Psychology, Emory University

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Stephen M. Kosslyn is the former Chair of the Department of Psychology, currently Dean of Social Science and John Lindsley Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By David H. Peterzell PhD PhD on September 1, 2006
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I admit that I'm a graph junkie, and that I've already spent years obsessing over the details my own graphs and those of others. I'm almost incapable of processing data unless I can create a meaningful picture of it. I'll actually scan journals and books looking for satisfying graphs. I actually will take money from people to make graphs for them. I already have too many books on graph making, including everything by Tufte. I've sat through Gore's new global warming movie a few times just to check out the cool graphics. I mean, who ever heard of a movie that was 90% graphs???

This is a sick, sick book. This insidious thing is my drug of choice. But now I've overdosed on all the figures portrayed from beginning to end. There must be three hundred of these mother's little helpers, including an enormous stash of "do's" and "don'ts" sprinkled everywhere. The whole thing is infused with visual and cognitive science, which is like heroin in my dark and distorted world. All of this has been crystallized into 8 principles - the drug in its pure form. I've already thrown away millions of dollars on Kosslyn's books on cognitive neuroscience and now he's pushing this one. What can I say? I've relapsed and I can't stop. I'm powerless over my addiction. In my weakened state, I plan to push this book on my grad students and clients. Kosslyn has engineered the most powerful and dangerous book on graph making ever to see the light of day, injecting it with science and acidic creativity. They should lock this Kosslyn guy up and throw away the key(board) before he causes any more trouble.

Sept 12, 2006 update:

Well, I'm getting good hate mail for the review above (originally posted Sept 1). So let me clarify: I loved this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Noah Iliinsky on March 17, 2008
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This is a phenomenal book on designing graphs so they can be understood. It is clearly written, well reasoned, and full of very practical advice and good examples. There is nothing else like it. If you need to create effective, accurate graphs, and read just one book, this is the one.

It should be noted that it is effectively a re-writing and update of his earlier book Elements of Graph Design.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Z. Marootian on March 3, 2009
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through the use of design and perspective on the presentation of data to a user...
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