- Hardcover: 371 pages
- Publisher: Analytics Press; Second edition (June 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0970601972
- ISBN-13: 978-0970601971
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 94 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Stephen Few is the founder of the consultancy Perceptual Edge. He speaks, teaches, and consults around the world and writes the quarterly Visual Business Intelligence Newsletter. He is also the author of Information Dashboard Design: Displaying Data for At-a-Glance Monitoring, Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis, and Signal: Understanding What Matters in a World of Noise.
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Thank you, Stephen Few for all of your guidance and input, you make the community of Data Viz a better place.
Despite having the heft of a textbook or coffee table book, this book is a fast, fun, and visual read. The author clearly had fun writing it and I appreciated that he expressed strong opinions about the dos and don'ts of business presentation design. All recommendations are supported by compelling before & after graphics.
Finally, I appreciated the author's references to the designers that came before him. He translated the artful Edward Tufte into practical business application and he modernized the McKinsey-esque insights of Gene Zelazny.
If you read the book cover to cover as I did, then you will notice a very small degree of redundancy. However, I suspect most readers will use this as a reference guide in which case those refreshers are extremely helpful.
The book is laid out in a way that discusses
--The basics of building a table and graph
--The physical process of seeing and recognizing objects
--Advanced concepts behind tables and graphs.
Few admits to trying to make the book sound like a teacher speaking with a student and includes exercises. In fact the final section of the book is dedicated to testing your knowledge on several examples. They're interesting, but the book is more of a reference book and I would keep it on my desk - which would be more useful than trying to commit everything to memory.
I purchased this as a textbook for an organizational communication class and now question the efficacy of such a class that does not make use of this book.
I really like the way the author thinks about and then presents the subject matter. The book is also a delight to interact with -- it's obvious much thought went into the layout.
I spent most of a gorgeous summer weekend sitting in the yard reading this book -- it is that good :)