Visual explanations: images and quantities, evidence and narrative

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Graphics Press, 1998 - Art - 156 pages
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Tufte is the master of visualization. You can immediately add this new work alongside his previous gems, Visual Display of Quantitative Information (1983) and Envisioning Information (1990, both from ... Read full review

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This is a very good book in excellent packaging. Like Tufte's other books, this is a book as suitable for display as it is for reading.
The focus of the book is on how to present information in a
compelling yet honest manner. Tufte makes extensive use of visuals in excellent case studies such as the London cholera epidemic, the Challenger disaster, and modeling a storm.
His recommendations for presenters are straightforward:
* Near the beginning, tell the audience what the problem is, why it is important, and the solution
* Explain complex ideas and data with PGP: a particular example, the general principle, and a second example
* Provide handouts packed with related information
* Practice
* Show up early
* Finish early
This is a good read and an excellent example of Tufte's own maxim "Good form is clear but not a spectacle".


Images and Quantities
Displays of Evidence for Making Decisions
Pictorial Instructions and Disinformation Design

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