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An excellent survey of the field,
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Let's get the obvious out of the way: The 480 page book is beautiful and packed with dozens of very good info graphics. Only 10% are worthy of return visits, and that critique is meant for the field itself. It's very difficult to make a convincing, data-rich infographic and this book makes that problem painfully obvious.
The problem with so many of the infographics is their inability to convey a meaningful concept within a few seconds. This problem is compounded by vague rules of interpretation where you spend considerable time mentally mapping the relationships. For some people this may be fun, but infographics need more discipline as Tufte preaches, if we are to use them purposefully. The simpler the rules are, the faster you can start playing with it to draw your own conclusions about the data. Many of the infographics appear to be more focused on aesthetic treatments than showing information convincingly.
The book misses an opportunity to present data-similar infographics but with different concepts, sequentially. This would allow readers to see how data can be manipulated rhetorically. More often than not, the data we want to show has some kind of skew that needs attention.
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Initial post: Jul 3, 2013 9:45:14 AM PDT
C. Wilkes says:
Great review but why the 5 stars? Sounds more like 3 stars, from your review.
Posted on Dec 16, 2014 7:34:05 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2014 7:34:35 AM PST
Mr. S. Tobin says:
Yeah, what's up with the five star review? It sounds like you dislike everything about this book.
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