Visual Explanations

Visual Explanations

Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative

Book - 1997
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Publisher: Cheshire, Conn. : Graphics Press, c1997.
ISBN: 9780961392123
Branch Call Number: 152.14 Tufte
Characteristics: 156 p. :,ill. ;,28 cm.


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Jul 25, 2012

history & critique of graphic design methodology by a (brilliant) statistician

May 16, 2011

This book wanders further out of strict chart-and-graph territory to cover depictions of processes, exemplified by the diagramming of magic tricks; if we understand how misdirection works, we can turn it around to draw the reader’s attention to what really matters. There are nice examples of the practical consequences of information graphics, discussing their role in the Challenger disaster and John Snow’s investigation of the London cholera epidemic. The most valuable concept to me was the notion of the smallest effective difference, with a useful discussion of just how little emphasis is needed to make a point clear in a graphic, and the power of using gray shades and faint lines. (There’s a fun genealogy of rock ’n’ roll too, illustrating parallelism as a graphical tool.) Lovely, but a less immediately practical book than the two preceding it.


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