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133 of 135 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding to those willing to spend time on it
As an extension of his observations described in his earlier book, "Envisioning Information", Tufte's third installment of the trilogy turns the discussion to the display of dynamic information. Again, Tufte draws from numerous examples throughout history to illustrate his points. The chapter on 'Visual and Statistical Thinking' contains some of the most...
Published on June 25, 2000 by Edward Kim

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a text book but a knowledgeable friend
Visual Explanations is not a usual book. It is like a knowledgeable friend walking with you through a museum: pointing out good design and bad ideas; linking various domains (graphic design, usability, psychology) together. You learn things slowly, almost by symbiosis. Visual Explanations will be enchanting for people who have the time to read it in that way. It will be...
Published on August 27, 2005 by a reader


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5.0 out of 5 stars Tufte rules, January 5, 2013
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Edward Tufte is always a pleasure to read. I'm sorry he is now sculpting, but glad that he left this work behind. Terrific and intelligent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 26, 2014
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Great source for various ideas about data visualization.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pictures Of Verbs, April 24, 1997
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This review is from: Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative (Hardcover)
Tufte has added one more to a series of fun, beautiful and challenging books.

This book is an example of just how enjoyable information can be.

David Gravelle,
Technical Writer at [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have, February 14, 2009
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Since information is perhaps our new raw material, understanding how to read it, analyze it and display it are crucial skills for designer citizens. Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative is one in a series of books by Edward Tufte that advances a theory of visual communication based on substance, precision, logic and truthfulness. Studying the material will change how you think about graphic design and about data.

I am a graduate student in visual communication and I am grateful to Mr. Tufte for so beautifully documenting his research.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Visual Explanations" could've spared some contrivances., May 16, 1997
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This review is from: Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative (Hardcover)
Edward Tufte set high standards for himself with his previous books. Consequently the weaknesses of his newest stand out more than they would have otherwise. As usual, his bad examples have more impact than any amount of instruction or philosophizing, especially the "hyped Venus" animation from the Magellan probe. Other topics get a bit confusing.
Tufte's criticism of Richard Feynman's O-ring "experiment" makes sense only because both Tufte and Feynman imprecisely called it that and not what it really was: a demonstration. Was Feynman supposed to do in two minutes what all prior researchers had not?
Tufte goes from critiquing illustrations of magic tricks to equating a lecture with a magic show. His advice to keep things short and sweet, leave the audience wanting more, and the like are off-topic.
The author may be reaching for a grand theory of visual communication, and more power to him. However, the word "confection" is an unfortunate choice. It stinks too much of the disparaging phrase "eye candy" to be taken seriously. I would have preferred a term that might imply a connection with an electronic communications buzzword like "worldbuilding." Calvino's literary archeology, even live theater or filmmaking might have yielded preferable analogies.
Quibbles aside, this is a bargain at any price. It offers much better advice to interface designers than any overlarded, pseudo-psychedelic coffee table book I've seen so far on Website building
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift, January 6, 2012
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This book was part of a family Christmas list so this person was very happy to receive this book for Christmas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant (as you'd expect), June 27, 2001
This review is from: Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative (Hardcover)
For me, not quite as cool as Visuallising Information, but still essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars delightful, inspirational..., October 21, 2001
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This review is from: Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative (Hardcover)
sheer delight for a detail-monger. inspiration for a researchaholic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully decriptive books, March 24, 1998
This review is from: Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative (Hardcover)
When you have read Tufte's books you sit back in shock. He is instructing you to look at the world in a different way; and he's right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of visual communications, June 26, 2009
This review is from: Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative (Hardcover)
Though not part of my curriculum, I still use this book when I teach my Advanced Graphic Design class. The book takes you on a technical journey of how we perceive imagery, basically what constitutes visual and graphical communication. Very powerful tool for advanced visual communicators and advertisers.
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