- Series: ACM Press
- Hardcover: 206 pages
- Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1st edition (December 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201596261
- ISBN-13: 978-0201596267
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,813,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Information Visualization 1st Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
There is a newer edition of this item:
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
From the Back Cover
This is the first fully integrated book on the emerging area of information visualization, incorporating dynamic examples on an accompanying website to complement the static representations within the book. Its emphasis is on real-world examples and applications of computer-generated/interactive information visualization. Readers will learn how to display information to: pick out key information from large data streams; present ideas clearly and effectively; and increase the usability and efficiency of computer systems. It takes a dynamic approach to the subject using software examples on an associated website. This book is appropriate for readers interested in information visualization, human-computer interaction, business information technology, and computer graphics
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
First, the book contains lots and lots of text that attempts to describe visual presentations of data. While it does give examples, they are too infrequent and too unclear to adequately illustrate the concepts being presented.
Second, the visualizations themselves are quite dated. Many have not been updated since the first publication of the book 15 or 20 years ago. So, you're basically looking at Web 1.0 methods of illustrating graphical concepts when there are far better methods of producing graphics available today. While there are numerous examples of beautiful visualizations produced long before computers existed, that doesn't mean we should relegate ourselves to learning only from outdated methods.
Third, the book gives short shrift to the concepts advocated by Tufte in his writings on the topic — high data to ink ratio, no "chart junk", use of small multiples, multifunctioning elements, and causality/dynamics. While some of the concepts are in the book at some level, they don't appear to be expressly taught.
For my money, Tufte's books are a better choice for introduction and advanced study on the topic.
The text is also not written with care (again, compare with Tufte), but instead in a (not very literate) over-scholarly fashion. Take, for example, this reference from page 146: "The World Wide Web is of enormous size and complexity (Bray, 1996)".
It gets a two-star rating because it actually compiles a number of computerized visualization models (when reading, skip the descriptions of the non-computerized - they lack analysis and insight) which can provide a starting point for further exploration of the field. However, I am in no way assured that this compilation is the best one, or even a very good one. I'll keep looking.
The book is written in in the first person and in such a way that it is in no way a task to read it and the extensive use of accompanying diagrams adds further to the ease of absorbing what is written. It is hard to imagine how you could not find at least one item that is of value or interest to you if you ever have to deal with data of some sort.
Chapter 9 provides many techniques to aid in the development of optimised reliable designs that would be found interesting by any design engineer. The examples that are used throughout the book are remarkably varied which as mentioned earlier would make this book interesting or of value to anybody who has to deal with data and its presentation.