The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

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Graphics Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Mathematics - 197 pages
This book deals with the theory and practice in the design of data graphics and makes the point that the most effective way to describe, explore, and summarize a set of numbers is to look at pictures of those numbers, through the use of statistical graphics, charts, and tables. It includes 250 illustrations of the best (and a few of the worst) statistical graphics, with detailed analysis of how to display data for precise, effective, quick analysis. Also offered is information on the design of the high-resolution displays, small multiples, editing and improving graphics, and the data-ink ratio. Time-series, relational graphics, data maps, multivariate designs, as well as detection of graphical deception: design variation vs. data variation, and sources of deception are discussed. Information on aesthetics and data graphical displays is included. The 2nd edition provides high-resolution color reproductions of the many graphics of William Playfair (1750-1800), adds color to other images where appropriate, and includes all the changes and corrections during the 17 printings of the 1st edition.

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User Review  - gottfried_leibniz - LibraryThing

This is Classic in the field of Visualization. I highly recommend anyone into UX/UI to go through this book. It's simple read and won't take much time. Outline: Part I — Graphical Practice: 1 ... Read full review

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User Review  - dhmontgomery - LibraryThing

A really interesting book, still useful despite being dated. A lot of Tufte's lessons have been internalized by contemporary designers, though there are certainly lots of terrible charts out there ... Read full review

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