Physics an unfamiliar word that elicited an actual shudder from my mother Fortunately my elde The book led was one of the most enlightening books that I ve every read I ve always had a penchant for using numbers images and heuristics to explain and began taking Edward Tufte s courses when the opportunity arose starting in 1998 He held them in hotel ballrooms throughout the United States and his followers attended with cult like repetition sometimes registering for the same course 6 times in one earEdward Tufte is one of the most elegant designers of information alive today the book was the beginning of my devotion to his philosophy of the visual articulation of facts figures and abstract concepts This book as well as professor Tufte s academic publishing have influenced the world around us in so many ways From the elouent graphical explanations in the New York Times to the vibrant digital displays of political elections on Fox News and the historical statistics of hurricanes put forth on Weather Channel all of this traces its heritage back to Edward Tufte and his award winning books If Un lieu incertain you want to escape the two dimensional hell of explanation that is the improper use of Powerpoint this books and its two companions provide safe passage to the promised land of clear robust graphical discourses of complex ideas This is a book about graphsHowou ask could anyone write a book about graphs let alone read one Surely Starman The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin you ve never found the sex appeal of a bar chart the seductiveness of a scatterplot Well my friendou simply have never realized the power of a well designed graph Tufte took on the challenge of making visual information interesting decades ago and it s still considered one of the top 100 books of the 20th century He shows examples of what the best displays and worst displays are in the first part of the book In the second he breaks down graphs piece by piece as the reader learns how to construct a useful and informative graph chart table or whathaveyou The best graphs etc aren t flashy You don t need any fancy computers to make them in fact Tufte particularly disdains computer programs for making everything busy and excessive As is true of most things in life the idea behind a graph is far important and interesting than how it looks A good display conveys that information almost instinctively and makes relationships clear A poor display hides non ideas behind graphics and labels A terrible display actually distorts information and to Tufte these are inexcusable lies Even though the likelihood of me making a chart in the near future is slim I was surprised by how much thought it takes to develop a good display I also think it made me a better display reader something that comes in handy when reading the paper or watching the Colbet Report Above all this book reinforces the primary rule of communication start with a good idea and edit it down until only what s necessary remains Entertaining and illustrative
Tufte Shows Strong Examples Of Both Elegant shows strong examples of both elegant ghastly designs taking several opportunities to improve the latter with surgical erasure These examples form the basis for a set of now canonized principlesThe only part I really disagreed with was the beginning of chapter 6 wherein the author proposes revising the box plot design by reducing it to a mere point floating between two lines with only white space to represent the size of the interu. On of The Visual Display of uantitative Information Recently published this new edition provides excellent color reproductions of the many graphics of William Playfair adds color to other images and includes all the changes and corrections accumulated during 17 printings of the first editio. ,
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Edward Tufte is brilliant His books including this one are artwork disguised as a textbook The purpose of all three is to explain both good and bad ways of explaining information but they are so much than that There is a rich history interwoven in the books pages The examples are so interesting that I found myself learning than just how to convey information For example one of the best graphics for conveying information ever made is a chartmap tracking Napoleon Bonaparte s army s march across Europe which is so impressive it s difficult to describe The graph includes information about army size location and timeline in a very readable straightforwd and et still beautiful way I was fortunate enough to attend one of his seminars after I was already a fan my work paid for it and I got to keep the books which delves into all of his texts I highly recommend it because he synthesizes the information beautifully and succinctly and The Summer I Wasn't Me you get all of his books and publications in print Ifou can t make the seminar no I do not get any kickbacks promise the books are rather complex but they are absolutely stunning and make fascinating reading Well 3 12 stars really but GoodReads won t permit that Don t let the horrifically dull title fool ou Edward Tufte knows a thing or two about chart design to say the least he s built a second career on this obsession Think this is dull stuff Ha and again I say ha It s darn sexy Don t believe me Consider this conseuence of the era of optimism or this version of Little Red Riding Hood or this nifty day in the life or this graphic design shop which is such a brilliant specialist in the whimsical cum nostalgic info graphic style that They Might Be Giants commissioned them to produce everything from the liner notes to Mink Car to the flash animations embedded on No to their website TMBGcomAnd Tufte
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Follows Six Maps Ofsix maps of continental US depicting various types of cancer over a 19 ear period by age sex and county Tufte points out the clarity and key moments of interest in the various images such as d Although originally published in 1983 when professional graphics artists prepared most of the charts and graphs used in presentations and official publications this book remains useful for anyone who wishes to convey information clearly and concisely I can remember a job early in my career when all presentations had to be approved by two levels of management then submitted to the graphics
Shop At Least Aat least a before they were to be used and what came back was an inter office envelope full of transparencies to be shown on an overhead projector We have come a long way since then but powerful graphics software has not necessarily improved our ability to get the message across in an understandable and informative wayTufte starts with some history of the statistical graph It took a long time for people to make the conceptual leap from a uantity to an abstract visual representation of that uantity as a line or a bar positioned between several axes The first charts were derived from maps but maps had existed for five thousand ears before charts and graphs appeared in the 1700sBy the 20th century newspapers magazines and business and government publications all included graphics but they were often done ineptly because they were crea 25 stars I read this. The classic book on statistical graphics charts tables Theory and practice in the design of data graphics 250 illustrations of the best and a few of the worst statistical graphics with detailed analysis of how to display data for precise effective uick analysis Design of the high resolution.