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He world around us in so many ways From the elouent raphical 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 you want to escape the two dimensional hell of explanation that is the improper winning books If you want to escape the two dimensional hell of explanation that is the improper of Powerpoint this books and its two companions provide safe passage to the promised land of clear robust raphical discourses of complex passage to the promised land of clear robust raphical discourses of complex 25 stars I read this book because 1 as a scientist I care a lot about visualizing information in ways that are both meaningful and attractive and 2 this book is hailed as a classic and cited by many when discussing what constitutes a The Selected Poems goodraphic After eying it on many coffee tables and office bookshelves I finally decided to pick it up from the library I m A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent glad that I didn t buy it There are some positives a few inspiring examples of creative precise designs that tell a story and reveal insights about the data Some of the negative examplesraphs that exaggerate or obscure the data or that are heavy handed and ugly are also useful to think about and are occasionally very funny I also liked how it touched on the history and evolution of different types of My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA graphs However a major flaw is the lack of thought that was put into the writing Many of the axioms that Tufte proposes forraphics could eually well apply to writing For example don t patronize your audience and don t waste ink on non information Tufte unfortunately The Book of Leviathan goes against both these principles with his disdainful verbose tone Areat deal of verbiage and jargon could be stripped away to yield a text with much higher information density to use his own term The advice presented is reasonable but much of it is just common sense for anyone who s paid a little attention to elementary mathstatistics or who simply takes the time to look at Nine Ghosts graphs and think about how they could be improved He also contradicts his own advice about providing adeuate explanation for plots by offering zero explanation for several plots that are nearly inscrutable beyond saying this isreat or this is silly His attitude towards artists is especially belittling I was hoping for a thoughtful take on the balance between beauty and practicality in Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia graphic design All in all I think this the book has some smart points andood images but not uite enough to warrant its position on a pedestal. On of The Visual Display of uantitative Information Recently published this new edition provides excellent color reproductions of the many raphics of William Playfair adds color to other images and includes all the changes and corrections accumulated during 17 printings of the first editio. The Visual Display of uantitative Information

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Nd then critiues The maps repay careful study Notice how uickly and naturally our attention has been directed toward exploring the substantive content of the data rather than toward uestions of methodology and techniue Nonetheless the maps do have their flaws They wrongly euate the visual importance of each county with its eographic area rather than with the number of people living in the county or the number of cancer deaths Our visual impression of the data is entangled with the circumstance of The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) geographic boundaries shapes and areas the chronic problem afflicting shaded in area designs of such blot maps or patch maps Heoes on to further dissect the presentation and the foundational data in a way that I would never have dreamed of Talk about your perfectionists these map examples were drawn by himAt any rate this book is all about comprehensible usable design and Tufte even designed it for maximum impact Its slim Riding Hard girth a mere 190 pages is chock full of historicraphical errors and successes but you can read the first 50 alone and et the idea Given that I m a bit taken aback and yet strangely curious to have discovered that Tufte has managed to produce at least three disparate volumesHowever I ve since learned that Tufte has some serious and seriously earned followers Just last week on the theory of in for a penny in for a pound I attended a program on improving of in for a penny in for a pound I attended a program on improving analytics and was pulled aside at the end by one of the organizers who spotted my copy of The Visual Display An important book he sagely nodded You should have them all But check out Steven Few s perceptualedgecom he continued That s where the rubber really meets the roadOkay fine leave me alone I swear that I ll never look at another pie chart again just don t make me ive up my dependence on the color copier 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 his followers attended with like repetition sometimes registering for the same course 6 times in one yearEdward 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 Displays small multiples Editing and improving raphics The data ink ratio Time series relational raphics data maps multivariate designs Detection of Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students graphical deception design variation vs data variation Sources of deception Aesthetics and dataraphical displays This is the second editi. ,

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Entertaining and illustrative Tufte shows strong examples of both elegant and hastly 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 interuartile range It looks roughly like this The author argues only white space to represent the size of the interuartile range It looks roughly like this The author argues One sentence summaryThe raphical analogue of Elements of Style obvious avoid junk useless contradictory and wrongDon t understand the hype about this book it s super outdated refers mainly to hand drawn ish charts and considering most of use standard tools to create our visualizations not sure how we re supposed to actually implement his suggestions and a lot of the advice and ood examples Marey suggestions and a lot of the advice and ood examples Marey train schedule Come on are horrible and even contradictory at one point he bemoans Chernoff faces and later exhibits them in an exemplarIgnore Part 1 the first three chapters entirely Skim the restTwo principles1 Maximize data ink ratio2 Avoid chartjunk eg moire Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance grids and ducksApply these two principles1 Redesign box plot not sure if I agree though the redesigned box plot does look elegant2 Scatterplot range frame3 Multifunctioningraphical elements eg stem and leaf plot4 Graphics should tend to the horizontal Well 3 12 stars really but GoodReads won t permit that Don t let the horrifically dull title fool you Edward Tufte knows a thing or two about chart design to say the least he s built a fool you Edward Tufte knows a thing or two about chart design to say the least he s built a 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 The Battle of Maldon and Other Old English Poems graphic design shop which is such a brilliant specialist in the whimsical cum nostalgic inforaphic 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 s book has its share of worthwhile Aha moments as well Take this snippet from p 20 which follows six maps of the continental US depicting various types of cancer over a 19 year period by age sex and county Tufte points out the clarity and key moments of interest in the various images such as death rates in areas where you have lived The classic book on statistical E.E. Cummings: The Art of His Poetry graphics charts tables Theory and practice in the design of dataraphics 250 illustrations of the best and a few of the worst statistical Black Wings of Cthulhu graphics with detailed analysis of how to display data for precise effective uick analysis Design of the high resolution.