- Series: Interactive Technologies
- Hardcover: 486 pages
- Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 2 edition (April 21, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558608192
- ISBN-13: 978-1558608191
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Information Visualization, Second Edition: Perception for Design (Interactive Technologies) 2nd Edition
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"This unique and essential guide to human visual perception and related cognitive principles will enrich courses on information visualization and empower designers to see their way forward. Ware's updated review of empirical research and interface design examples will do much to accelerate innovation and adoption of information visualization."
―Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland
"Colin Ware is the perfect person to write this book, with a long history of prominent contributions to the visual interaction with machines and to information visualization directly. It goes a long way towards joining science to the practical design of information visualization systems."
―from the foreword by Stuart Card, PARC
"Better than anyone else that I've encountered in my work, Colin Ware explains how visual perception works and how it applies to data presentation." - Stephen Few -- Intelligent Enterprise
Major revision of a classic work in this field, including full color illustrations throughout.
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And therein lies the problem. For a single volume book Ware's effort tries to cover too much and some of the chapters are quite weak (chapter 0 and 10). Also, the fact that it was written by a psychologist shows in a good and bad way: human visual cognition is correctly the foundation upon which to build visualisation. Unfortunately the examples and the ideas for implementation are often lacking or poor in quality.
The first edition also has typesetting errors, so be sure to get the second edition.
All in all, it's still a book worth getting if you're in any serious way connected with the practise of visualisation. However, don't expect it to be the bible of the field, as such a thing does not exist (yet).
Some of the negative comments in reviews must refer to the first edition. My second edition has (some) color images as appropriate throughout the book. There are still a few errors, but not a large number. There are definitely a few low quality examples.