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Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
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Like its predecessors, Visual Explanations is both intellectually stimulating and beautiful to behold. Tufte, a self-publisher, takes extraordinary pains with design and production. The book ranges through a variety of topics, including the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger (which could have been prevented, Tufte argues, by better information display on the part of the rocket's engineers), magic tricks, a cholera epidemic in 19th-century London, and the principle of using "the smallest effective difference" to display distinctions in data. Throughout, Tufte presents ideas with crystalline clarity and illustrates them in exquisitely rendered samples.
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Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Item Weight : 2.35 pounds
- Hardcover : 156 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0961392126
- ISBN-13 : 978-0961392123
- Dimensions : 9.25 x 0.75 x 11 inches
- Publisher : Graphics Press (February 1, 1997)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #92,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While engineers may be great at making great results, presenting the information is still a challenge (especially to customers and management).
She really likes this book. It provides a great guide on how to present information so that other engineers and the 'layman' can understand it. Data presentation can be quite a problem for engineers, and this book does a fantastic job at providing methods and means for producing useful and meaningful visual representations of findings.
I'm not an engineer 'per se,' but I'm a degreed Mathematician. I flipped through the book, and it seems as though the book does a very good job at helping us that may be poor at presenting our technical ideas in a way such that it is easily comprehensible to others - in particular others that are not mathematicians or engineers.
This aside, the limited reading I did was pretty easy, and his ideas and points were easy to comprehend and well articulated.
The methods and subjects covered are applicable to a variety of media, and subject matter including, marketing and promotional materials, web design and information presentation, the presentation of scientific data, and general photography. No matter what your occupation or ambition, if it involves conveying information in a graphical format, this book will provide insight and examples that will help you get your point across more effectively, and enhance the end user experience.
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This book explores the methods and values of excellence in presenting information on change: how you represent movement, actions and ideas in a way that enlightens, informs and educates.
The book has excellent production values (what else did you expect) and is a a delight to explore. Tufte explains concepts and ideas in an engaging manner, pulling examples from hundreds of years of human history, from Hobbs "Leviathan", to abstract art of the 20th century. Amongst the pages are gems of insight from random places: be it descriptions fo magic tricks to descriptions of fish for those underwater! Brilliant.
It's interesting to read and reflect on how this is still relevant in a digital age where images can be distorted, manipulated or created on a whim. Even more than ever, the integrity of data and information has to meet these standards to be credible and effective. Powerpoint slaves, take note!
Since it's the third book of Edward Tufte I can greatly recommend the previous 2 as well.
To keep in mind, especialy with the previous books, is that Tufte has a large focus on the use of graphs and visualisations as to help with analysis and give a technically good representation of your information and data.
If your looking to know more about how to sell or pitch with your presentations you might want to look for something else as a complement.