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The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics: The Dos and Don'ts of Presenting Data, Facts, and Figures Paperback – December 16, 2013
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“Dona Wong’s outstanding new book artfully blends lessons on data analysis and graphic design. She shows us how to make our complex, confusing graphs and presentations both simple and powerful.” (Peter Tufano, Coleman Professor of Financial Management, Harvard Business School)
“We live in an increasingly data-driven world, and Dona Wong does a masterful job of explaining how to make data come alive and tell the truth in an engaging way.” (Mark Zandi, chief economist, Moody’s Economy.com)
“Dona Wong’s professional advice advances the art of information graphics.” (Gene Zelazny, director of visual communications, McKinsey & Company)
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“An essential reference for anyone who needs to effectively convey quantitative information using graphs. Everyone will learn something from reading this book.”―Joseph Tracy, executive vice president and director of research, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
“We live in an increasingly data-driven world, and Dona Wong does a masterful job of explaining how to make data come alive and tell the truth in an engaging way.”―Mark Zandi, chief economist, Moody’s Economy.com
“Dona Wong’s professional advice advances the art of information graphics.”―Gene Zelazny, director of visual communications, McKinsey & Company
“Software has made it wonderfully easy to produce graphs and charts to illustrate everything from your company’s capital expenditures to your daughter’s science project. Trouble is, the software won’t stop you from making bad graphics. This book will.”―Paul Steiger, editor in chief of ProPublica, former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal
“Dona Wong’s outstanding new book artfully blends lessons on data analysis and graphic design. She shows us how to make our complex, confusing graphs and presentations both simple and powerful.”―Peter Tufano, Sylvan C. Coleman Professor of Financial Management, Harvard Business School
“An invaluable tool for people from all walks of life―not just designers. Dona Wong has created a practical, clearly illustrated guide that demonstrates information design principles and techniques through numerous dos and don’ts.”―Alan Siegel, chairman and CEO, Siegel+Gale, and best-selling author of The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money and Markets --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The first chapter covers basic issues like how many colors, what colors, how many lines, etc.. The second, which is the bulk of the book, contrasts effective and poor graphics on side by side pages. There is concise useful advice on truncating ranges, breaking axes, using broken bar graphs, how many pie pieces, etc. The advice is beyond simple do or do not break a bar, it discusses how much of a discrepancy in the height of a bar chart merits a break. While other books have advice that ends with "do or do not use some graphics" (like pie charts), this one has great advice on when it makes sense to do things like break graphics into sets of pictures, use broken bars in bar charts, how and when to set scales (so that graphics afford meaningful comparisons) and how to make the best use of pie charts.Read more ›
I am always shocked by the rarity, within corporate America, of the ability to do this well. The fact is that most top tier MBA's that I've worked with still can't get past the default settings in Excel to even figure out how to get rid of the gray backroung on their charts--let alone follow best practices such as those espoused by this book and the work of Edward Tufte and Stephen Few.
Having mentioned Tufte and Few, let me digress for a moment and discuss them.
Edward Tufte is the guru of data visualization and it's important to point out that this book's author, Donna Wong, studied under the master himself, so you know her credentials are top notch. It's like learning kung fu from the guy that was trained by Bruce Lee. Except he skips all the BS and just shows you how to kick ass. Of course, unlike Bruce Lee, Edward Tufte is not dead and as far as I know has never taken on Kareem Abdul-Jabar in a yellow track suit. He still writes and publishes his own work, but it's far more theoretical, and not as user friendly as, this book is.
As for Stephen Few, he is the second biggest name out there when it comes to data visualization best practices.Read more ›
The book focuses primarily on bar charts and line graphs. I wish the book were longer. It would be great if it covered more types of information graphics, with further criteria on how to select the best graphic for the job.
This is a great companion to Robert L. Harris's Information Graphics. While Harris's book is much more extensive, I feel this book gives better advice for creating clear, effective graphics.
Written with a style and clarity that reflects her approach to infographics, it provides an outstanding guide to creating visuals that are clear and to the point. The book is itself an example of communicating without excess whilst delivering a message effectively. (If you have every read Edwarde Tufte's seminal books you will appreciate Dona's clarity)
I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone who needs to create charts, tables or other figures and believe that Dona Wong takes over from where Tufte finished.
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I loved this book so much I bought it twice by accident. And now I think I gave both copies away. DANG! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ken Wells
As a big data analytics practioner, my concern is not only to 'crunch' the numbers, but also find ways to present the results in a meaningful way. This books covers most of it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wilson L. Chua
Early chapters are a bit painful to read for people with a base knowledge. So I flipped thru and skimmed the subsequent chapters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Craig