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Data Flow 2: Visualizing Information in Graphic Design Hardcover – March 30, 2010
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Where's the data? The book proselytizes the importance of data and there ain't much raw data to be seen (or linked to).
The book designers have forgotten to treat typography as the visual hierarchy for words, the interface design for text. The type treatments and layouts are difficult to read.
Designers, engineers, statisticians, and decision-makers need data viz guidance. This book is not an academic dive into data visualization and needs to follow several of it's own rules for displaying information. But this book provokes your imagination.
Regardless of my criticism I am happy I purchased the book and have found some interesting and useful examples. If Amazon allowed half ratings I would have rated it 3.5.
If you have seen the first book then you know what to expect. The graphic design stretches from the ordinary to the exotic and intricate, ranging from small `ikea type' bookcase colour schemes of paper stacks to thought provoking art installations such as the giant 3D carbon dioxide emissions sphere that dissolves into smaller spheres as you interact. The symmetry of a biologist drawing of a newly discovered plant species. Hand carved bell curved bells cluster on a wooden chopping board. White origami sine waves ripple out from a white square box. Spirograph lampshades resemble the intricate lattice work of nature.
The flaw in this approach is it does not communicate information in a way that's easily understood. A quality of `information' is it's usefulness and usability. Patterns on wallpaper and tree truck dissections all reveal the unique shape of data flows, but fail to provide metrics, a requirement for analysis and conversion to true `information'. Instead we get the raw data as a colour coded fractal, a construct from which you can search for meaning in but not a tool to leverage from.
The language of visual communication and information has its foundations in the automatic reactions we have embedded into our subconscious minds; what we have inherited and learnt.Read more ›
Data Flow examples feature a very high quality degree of print.
It is very recommended for who is inspired from Information Graphics as charts rather than as manuals and instructions.
If you are interested in information design, communication design, or graphic design, this book is a must!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Size is too small for that kind of works. It's illisible.
The content is perfect, good source.
This is a fabulous book for anyone who is faced with combining information/data and design. It's not the most practical in the sense that the design solutions are very conceptual... Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by K. G.
As an architecture student, what has been interesting is how important data has become and how big data can be utilized to find both problems and solutions in the built... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Tim C.
I loved this book. It really opened my eyes about the possibilities and limitations of what visuals can communicate. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Mister Roboto
The picture in side is blur
Not useful information
Is totally not as good as data flow 1
I send it back
Just got my copy yesterday, and while it's a beautiful book to look at, much (if not most) of the text is so small that it really does require a magnifying glass to read, at least... Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Blaine Lilly
Wonderful book for data visualization. I'm a student and found it very helpful for my design class. Information graphics isn't just charts and graphs.Published on October 23, 2012 by Patricia L. Ballard
im going to summarize this as follows:
"if you dont own a copy of both dataflow I and dataflow II you don't take your design education seriously"
that plain... Read more
A lot of the material in this book doesn't amount to much more than eye candy, but I find it useful because it offers some different ideas into how information graphics can be... Read morePublished on June 11, 2011 by Eric Chamberlain