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The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics: The Dos and Don'ts of Presenting Data, Facts, and Figures Paperback – Illustrated, December 16, 2013
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- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0393347281
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393347289
- Dimensions : 7.1 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (December 16, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #115,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For me the first 1/3 of the book was very helpful and will remain so as a ready reference. The best use of the book is to scan it for concepts and refer back as part of designing and checking your work. A second part of the book is so important I will have to find a way to share it at work; is the section that speaks to color choices that work best with the color blind. Such as My captain and other senior members of Department leadership.
Ultimately this book is meaty, but there needs to be more. The section on maps is particularly thin, Ms Wong may not feel that she has enough specialized knowledge of the field of cartography, but if you are publishing under the name Wall Street Journal; there should be more human assets available. I get the finance industry emphasis but if nothing else the book makes the cases for other sections, or a series that speak to other major consumers of information graphics.
the book is presented in a succinct and easy to understand manner, no clutter what so ever.
just do yourself a favor and buy it!
It's straight to the point, full of solid information, and is designed to reflect what it preaches.
I'm assuming that if you've been working with graphics and figures and tables for awhile, much of this won't be new. But for those like me, who have a basic understanding of why some things work and some things don't, this deepened my knowledge and gave me concrete items to list when something simply felt "off."
Again, this probably isn't for graphic designers or those who've been dealing with such figure making for years, but for any novice and / or those of us who deal with this content enough to need to understand them on a deeper-than-surface level, this is a perfect book to read and reference.
There's a lot of focus on basic charting types (bar, pie, line) and less-to-little on some of the cooler infographics that being designed these days.
The digital printing does the book a disservice and the minimal color used is flat. Paper version. The orange/gray section is fine but I think the printing should have been done on a smooth paper. It matters from screen to paper. You can see the printing and paper take away from the over all design. The design was thoughtful but took a hit on printing. I would not have purchased in the store had I skimmed it.
With that said – quick insightful read. I was just expecting more.
Some were happy it was simplified and minimal. I wanted more, and a nicer print job.