Technical illustration, not just illustration

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The list author says: "Technical illustration presents special demands. The information is clear, hard, factual, commonly very complex. Scientific datasets routinely include high dimensionality and huge volumes of data. Here are a few places to look for ideas on presenting huge amounts of information in ways that are easy to grasp.

BTW, I no longer see Science magazine, from the AAAS, in Amazon's catalog. One of the world's two premier general-science periodicals, every issue includes some of the very finest in data presentation. Study its charts and diagrams; learn from the best."
How to Lie with Maps (2nd Edition)
1.  How to Lie with Maps (2nd Edition) by Mark Monmonier
The list author says:
  "Gerrymandering isn't the only abuse of geographic information. Many samples of the good, the bad, and the biased."
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How to Lie with Statistics
2.  How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff
The list author says:
  "Another classic, and equations-free. Lots of technical illustration handles numbers and statistics, and this book is about meaningful vs. meaningless or deceptive presentation."
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Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten
3.  Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten by Stephen Few
The list author says:
  "Emphasis is on Excel and related tools - most common in business presentations. Believe it or not, those tools don't have to be used badly."
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Introduction to Protein Structure
4.  Introduction to Protein Structure by Carl-Ivar Brändén
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  "Case study: clear, simple, expressive pictures. Very good examples, and generally very low-tech."
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A Victorian Naturalist: Beatrix Potter's Drawings from the Armitt Collection
5.  A Victorian Naturalist: Beatrix Potter's Drawings from the Armitt Collection by Anne Stevenson Hobbs
The list author says:
  "(I'm using my best Crocodile Dundee voice) That's not a scientific illustrator. THIS is a scientific illustrator.

Don't feel bad, it's OK. Everyone needs someone to look up to, and every science illustrator has Miss Potter to look up to."
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Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type (Design Briefs)
6.  Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type (Design Briefs) by Kimberly Elam
The list author says:
  "Organizing the visual field is central to organizing visual information, and grids organize the visual field. This is very basic, but thorough in what it does cover."
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The Elements of Typographic Style
7.  The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
The list author says:
  "Scientists use equations, tables, footnotes, chemical formulas, and lots more that make it the most complex of  typographic exercises. Until a type-for-science book comes out, this is still the best."
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Envisioning Science: The Design and Craft of the Science Image
8.  Envisioning Science: The Design and Craft of the Science Image by Felice Frankel
The list author says:
  "Buddhists have a word for people like Felice Frankel, highly advanced beings who choose to share their knowledge for the betterment of us mortals. This photographer uses her visual artistry to make powerful contributions to research on the cutting edge. She not only presents knowledge, she creates it."
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The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
9.  The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Jane E. Miller
The list author says:
  "I know I said "illustration" and this is writing. Most of the concepts about presenting numbers translate well, though. Skip over stuff like "z scores," and take what works for you."
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Basic Perspective Drawing: A Visual Approach, 3rd Edition
10.  Basic Perspective Drawing: A Visual Approach, 3rd Edition by John Montague
The list author says:
  "Perspective doesn't have to be hard. Readable guide that adds visual credibility to renderings of real objects."
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Data Visualization: Principles and Practice
11.  Data Visualization: Principles and Practice by Alexandru C. Telea
The list author says:
  "When you have a huge volume of data or high dimensionality, you need a whole new bag of tricks."
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Visual Cues: Practical Data Visualization
12.  Visual Cues: Practical Data Visualization by Peter Keller
The list author says:
  "A remarkable collection of case studies, drawn from many of the sciences. Lots of ideas for visually presenting large, complex data sets. Heavily oriented towards computer-generated images."
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Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts (Theory in Practice)
13.  Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts (Theory in Practice) by Noah Iliinsky
The list author says:
  "Another resource for especially complex data sets. There are lots more books on the subject, but the topic advances so quickly that you should do your own search when you need learn about it."
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The Digital Biomedical Illustration Handbook (Charles River Media Graphics)
14.  The Digital Biomedical Illustration Handbook (Charles River Media Graphics) by Mike De la Flor
The list author says:
  "A serious specialty within technical illustration, brought up to date."
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Architectural Drawing: A Visual Compendium of Types and Methods (2nd edition)
15.  Architectural Drawing: A Visual Compendium of Types and Methods (2nd edition) by Rendow Yee
The list author says:
  "Another specialty within technical illustration, with gazillions of design choices. I haven't actually used this book, but it will do til I have a better recommendation."
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Spying with Maps: Surveillance Technologies and the Future of Privacy
16.  Spying with Maps: Surveillance Technologies and the Future of Privacy by Mark Monmonier
The list author says:
  "Combining data with location on the earth's surface - a rich and expanding field. Unfortunately, this book predates mashups based on Google Maps. Despite its recent publication, it's already at least one revolution out of date."
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Scientists Must Speak (Routledge Study Guides)
17.  Scientists Must Speak (Routledge Study Guides) by D. Eric Walters
The list author says:
  "One use of technical illustration, visual aids for formal presentations. The book's focus is elsewhere, but addresses integration of visuals, in various media, with the rest of the presentation."
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Rendering with Markers: Definitive Techniques for Designers, Illustrators and Architects
18.  Rendering with Markers: Definitive Techniques for Designers, Illustrators and Architects by Ronald B. Kemnitzer
The list author says:
  "Given some practice, markers are a great tool for quick drawings at varying degrees of realism. Good for sketching alternatives, even in the computer era."
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Jewelry Illustration
19.  Jewelry Illustration by Dominique Audette
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  "If this is your technology, go for it. A specialty in itself, not just for designers."
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Writing With Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books
20.  Writing With Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books by Uri Shulevitz
The list author says:
  "Yes, I'm serious. Picture books describe action using images, with an emphasis on easy reading of the picture's meaning. There have to be some transferable skills here."
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Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice
21.  Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice by Ivan Brunetti
The list author says:
  "Narrative in pictures - for any illustrated progression, not just comics. A brief but worthwhile resource on saying much by saying little."
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Elements of Pop Up
22.  Elements of Pop Up by James Diaz
The list author says:
  "Sometimes, if your production budget allows, pull-tabs, spinner wheels, or other paper gadgets convey complex ideas even better than flat, static print by itself. Use this book as a starting point for inspiration."
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The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
23.  The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
The list author says:
  "I leave Tufte for last because he's already so well known. This is the one book if you can have only one, the best discussion I know on making numbers visually understandable."
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Envisioning Information
24.  Envisioning Information by Edward R. Tufte
The list author says:
  "More of Tufte's brilliance - "nouns," clear descriptions of what the thing is."
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Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
25.  Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative by Edward R. Tufte
The list author says:
  "Completes the set - "verbs", illustrations of time-varying dynamic systems."
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Beautiful Evidence
26.  Beautiful Evidence by Edward R. Tufte
The list author says:
  "The newest in Tufte's series. If this book has one message, it is to unite your text and imagery. Lots of examples, both good and bad - makes you wish for page layout and graphic software that can rise to the level that Tufte demands."
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How to Lie with Charts
27.  How to Lie with Charts by Gerald Everett Jones
The list author says:
  "A very weak book, nominally of the "what not to do" sort. Its real value is in providing unwittingly bad examples on just about every page. (I haven't seen the second edition, which seems to have been improved.)"
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The Existential Graphs of Charles S. Peirce (Approaches to Semiotics)
28.  The Existential Graphs of Charles S. Peirce (Approaches to Semiotics) by Don D. Roberts
The list author says:
  "Interesting, but largely as a bad example. Visual notation works well for capturing the gestalt; textual representation gives the high density needed for mathematical (or mathematic-logical) notation. This shows why diagrams can't replace text for density of detail. Lots of visual notations work well, just not this one."
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UML 2.0 in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly))
29.  UML 2.0 in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) by Dan Pilone
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  "Mixed feelings about this as a visual representation. Sort of like flowcharts, if a million years of could evolution break it up into a dozen species with different purposes. The reader must adapt to the notation, but in my world the notation adapts . Still, it's widely used for software and system architecture. Tool of choice within its realm – a very limited realm."
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