- Hardcover: 371 pages
- Publisher: Analytics Press; Second edition (June 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0970601972
- ISBN-13: 978-0970601971
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.3 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 94 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,735 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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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.
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.
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.
While the dashboards book, Information Dashboard Design: Displaying Data for At-a-Glance Monitoring, is focused on at-a-glance dashboards, Show Me the Numbers is more broadly focused and goes into extreme depth on both table and graph design. Like the dashboards book, Show Me the Numbers begins by laying a foundation with the science on how our brains perceive visual information, then builds its design principles on that foundation. Mr. Few is widely cited (or disparaged) as "the cranky guy that hates pie charts". But his criticism of pie charts (and other poor visualization practices) is grounded in the science of visual perception, not his personal taste in visualizations.
A 371-page book may sound kind of scary, but it is broken down into fourteen chapters that can be easily digested. Mr. Few's writing style is clear and easy to understand, although if you're like me you'll put the book down at the end of each chapter so you can think. The book is tool agnostic, so even if your primary tool is Microsoft Excel you'll benefit from reading it.
The book is rather large, but it's beautifully designed and constructed with lots of clear illustrations. If I traveled more, I'd probably prefer Kindle edition for portability, but it doesn't exist. Mr. Few's reading style lends itself to a comfortable reading chair and a cup of coffee, so I'm quite satisfied with the print edition. I am finding in my day-to-day work that I am slowly internalizing the wisdom of Show Me the Numbers. But it's still a book that I open while in the middle of a project and one that I'll take the time to read cover-to-cover again.