The Visual Display of uantitative Information [Pdf Kindle]
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"this nifty day n the life or this graphic design shop which s such a brilliant specialist n the "nifty day n the life or this graphic design shop which s such a brilliant specialist The Riptide Ultra-Glide in the cum nostalgicnfo 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 s book has ts 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 "out the clarity and key moments of nterest Mardi Gras in variousmages such as death rates Ghetto in areas where you have lived and 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 visualmportance of each county with ts geographic area rather than with the number of people living n the county or the number of cancer deaths Our visual mpression of the data s entangled with the circumstance of geographic boundaries shapes and areas the chronic problem afflicting shaded That Yankee Cat: The Maine Coon in area designs of such blot maps or patch maps He goes on to further dissect the presentation and the foundational datan a way that I would never have dreamed of Talk about your perfectionists these map examples were drawn by himAt any rate this book s all about comprehensible usable design and Tufte even designed t for maximum Ghost Stories of Washington impact Its slim girth a mere 190 pagess chock full of historic graphical errors and successes but you can read the first 50 alone and get the American Espionage and the Soviet Target 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 ofn for a penny Luxuspreissetzung in Der Theorie Und Implikationen F�r Die Praxis in for a pound I attended a program onmproving data analytics and was pulled aside at the end by one of the organizers who spotted my copy of The Visual Display An mportant 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 give up my dependence on the color copier Edward Tufte s brilliant His books ncluding this one are artwork disguised as a textbook The purpose of all three s to explain both good and bad ways of explaining The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives information but they are so much than that Theres a rich history Urban Legend Detectives Case 4: The Samejima Case interwovenn the books pages The examples are so Die vier Jahreszeiten interesting that I found myself learning than just how to conveynformation For example one of the best graphics for conveying Mituri, rituri, simboluri în societatea contemporană information ever mades a chartmap tracking Napoleon Bonaparte s army s march across Europe which Kyoko Karasuma Bd. 5 is sompressive t s difficult to describe The graph ncludes The Huguenot Sword informati One sentence summaryThe graphical analogue of Elements of Style obvious avoid junk useless contradictory and wrongDon t understand the hype about this bookt s super outdated refers mainly to hand drawn Poetic Machinations: Allegory, Surrealism, and Postmodern Poetic Form ish charts and considering most of use standard tools to create our visualizations not sure how we re supposed to actuallymplement his suggestions and a lot of the advice and good examples Marey s train schedule Come on are horrible and even contradictory at one point he bemoans People have told me to read this book for years and I ve always been In the Shadow of Empires impressed by the strength of their recommendationsHowever on reading this book I wasnitially underwhelmed I felt like Tufte was just rehashing common sense about graphs I read through t and found myself saying yeah yeah I get t On reflection a week after finishing I realized this book The 101 Dalmatians is genius Tufte concisely and clearly articulates principles which should be common sense so well that they have appearance to be common sense 25 stars I read this book because 1 as a scientist I care a lot about visualizingnformation From Pocahontas to Power Suits: Everything You Need to Know about Women's History in America in ways that are both meaningful and attractive and 2 this books hailed as a classic and cited by many when discussing what constitutes a good graphic After eying The Story of the Orchestra it on many coffee tables and office bookshelves I finally decided to pickt up from the library I m glad that I didn t buy Only Say the Word it There are some positives a fewnspiring examples of creative precise designs that tell a story and reveal Sweet Music on Moonlight Ridge insights about the data Some of the negative examples graphs 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 howt touched on the history and evolution of different types of graphs However a major flaw s the lack of thought that was put nto the writing Many of the axioms that Tufte proposes for graphics could eually well apply to writing For example don t patronize your audience and don 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 mages and ncludes all the changes and corrections accumulated during 17 printings of the first editio.
Edward R. Tufte ✓ 1 SUMMARYEntertaining and llustrative Tufte shows strong examples of both elegant and ghastly designs
taking several opportunities to mprove the latter with surgical erasure These examples formseveral opportunities to mprove the latter with surgical erasure These examples form 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 The Bewitched Wolf it to a mere point floating between two lines with only white space to represent the size of thenteruartile range It looks roughly like this The author argues that this An Unreasonable Match / An Unconventional Duenna is preferable becauset eliminates all non data Voodoo Woman ( New Orleans Mysteries ink I would counter that the box aspect of the box plots crucial to understanding the data a glance and that the space makes nterpretation harder on the reader However I m pleased "a glance and that the white space makes nterpretation harder on the reader However I m pleased say that this Last Chance Hero is the only deviation from sound designn the book This Officer Buckle and Gloria is a book about graphsHow you ask could anyone write a book about graphs let alone read one Surely you ve never found the sex appeal of a bar chart the seductiveness of a scatterplot Well my friend you simply have never realized the power of a well designed graph Tufte took on the challenge of making visualnformation Antolog�a Patri�tica interesting decades ago andt 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 Political Theory: An Introduction 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 andnformative graph chart table or whathaveyou The best graphs etc aren t flashy You don t need any fancy computers to make them Two Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in fact Tufte particularly disdains computer programs for making everything busy and excessive Ass true of most things What Is Madness? in life thedea behind a graph This Pagan Heaven is farmportant and Paladin's Redemption interesting than howt looks A good display conveys that nformation almost nstinctively and makes relationships clear A poor display hides non Zum Ruhme Reifer Geister: Eine Flaschenpost Mit Brennrezepten Wunderwassern Und Beschwingten Versen Von Babylon Bis Heute (German Edition) ideas behind graphics and labels A terrible display actually distortsnformation and to Tufte these are nexcusable lies Even though the likelihood of me making a chart n the near future Dreamsnake is slim I was surprised by how much thoughtt takes to develop a good display I also think Dark Water: A Siren Novel it made me a better display reader something that comesn handy when reading the paper or watching the Colbet Report Above all this book reinforces the primary rule of communication start with a good Muse idea and editt down until only what s necessary remains The book led was one of the most enlightening books that I ve every read I ve always had a penchant for using numbers Silence images and heuristics to explain and began taking Edward Tufte s courses when the opportunity arose startingn 1998 He held them Dr. Koto Vol. 9 in hotel ballrooms throughout the United States and his followers attended with cult like repetition sometimes registering for the same course 6 timesn one yearEdward Tufte Sworn Sword: A Free Preview is one of the most elegant designers ofnformation 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 nfluenced the world around us n so many ways From the elouent graphical explanations Lanalphabète qui savait compter 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 tracests heritage back to Edward Tufte and his award winning books If you want to escape the two dimensional hell of explanation that Modern French Culinary Art -The Pellaprat of the 20th Century is themproper use of Powerpoint this books and ts two companions provide safe passage to the promised land of clear robust graphical discourses of complex deas When I started secondary school I was mildly apprehensive about physics an unfamiliar word that elicited an actual shudder from my mother Fortunately my elderly teacher had an nfectious affection for his subject I remember that he noticed me examining the monthly night sky chart pinned to the classroom door and thereafter would print off an extra copy specially and wordlessly hand t to me Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues if he saw men the corridor never n class not wishing to embarrass me Our first lessons tried to tell us what the subject was all about and a poetic but confusing article telling me that t was about among other things not being able to push a blade of grass Cabal into the trunk of an oak tree demonstrated clearly that some things are better learned by seeing and doing than by readinghe needn t have worried evidence of my geekiness was notn short supplyOne of our early experiments was The One With The Pendulum turns out that Phases of War Crimes Trials of WWII in the UK thiss an A level practical I guess n those days secondary school wasn t all OMG exam n 5 years PANIC and our homework was to write Young Junius it up When I had finishedt I must have shown my Dad as he asked why there was no graph We weren t told to draw a graph I replied But graphs are wonderful he said Let s draw one anyway and he showed me how Our graph which s probably still n my parents attic somewhere plotted length of pendulu. The classic book on statistical graphics charts tables Theory and practice Tales From Greenfuzz 3 in the design of data graphics 250llustrations 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. M against swing time which unfortunately yields an exponential curve that s hard to work with You can when you do the experiment at A level linearise the graph s euation by plotting the suare of the time period and then the gradient tells us little g the strength of the Earth s gravitational field Neat ehI have taught science for a few years now and I could not have failed to notice that many kids hate graphs and graph drawing It s unuestionably hard work and needs an understanding of numbers and design logic I m lucky that I got an undeserved merit "for drawing an unsolicited graph n my first "drawing an unsolicited graph n my first of high school because since #THAT DAY I VE BEEN TOTALLY # day I ve been totally for a nice chart these two pictures are from my own lab book not the text This review s dedicated to my Dad Tufte really loves data This book has an Milk Teeth: Poems informative accurate but kinda DRY title I would have calledtSHOW US THE DATAuhhhh uhhhh I ve made a mistake Tufte says thinking data s boring leads to bad lying graphs If your data s boring why are you even presenting Ein Paradies aus Nichts it Hes crisply derisive of the The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry idea that data needs graphically sexing up to be understood As Freire tells usTRUST YOUR AUDIENCETufte bemoans that graphs are designed and drawn by folks trained as artists rather than folks trainedn the relevant mathematics Graphical competence demands three uite different skills the substantive statistical and artistic Allowing artist Glory, Passion, and Principle: The Story of Eight Remarkable Women at the Core of the American Revolution illustrators to control the design and content of statistical graphicss almost like allowing typographers to control the content style and editing of prose Don t decorate the data REVEAL ITBad graphics also lack On The Fence integrity Intead of SHOWING THE DATA they distortt usually for some political end There are LOTS of examplesAnd here Mary Mc Leod Bethune Papers: The Bethune Foundation Collection (Black Studies Research Sources) is a modern example I couldn t resist adding XDHowever the concern with graphicalntegrity has often not helped It tends to encourage the general dislike of graphs and the tendency for publications to dumb them down Tufte points out that while graphical sophistication s usually low n news publications journals and text books the text sophistication Fenway Fiction: Short Stories from Red Sox Nation is high sometimes reuiring expert knowledgeMany data sets are better presentedn a well organised table than Highschool of the Dead, Band 2 in a drawing Tufte follows this principlen presenting data on graphical sophistication and data density and Rick Stein’s Secret France in showing his commissioned designs One super tables far better than a hundred little bar chartsOh and for the love of all that Guide to the History of the Laws and Constitutions of England: Consisting of Six Lectures, Delivered at the Colleges of Ss. Peter and Paul, Prior Park, Bath is good follow da Vinci and put the damn chart next to the text or better nested cosilynside None of this see fig 2 Tufte radically redesigns the histogram and the scatter plot to remove distractions and non data The Legend of the Jersey Devil ink moving towards clarity data density and design grace I won t spoil As for the pie keept Black Men in Britain: An Ethnographic Portrait of the Post-Windrush Generation in the kitchen and put pumpkinn Tactics Illustration Works Kinoshita Sakura x Higashiyama Kazuko it pie charts should never be used Theres plenty of graph porn for us chart junkies as opposed to chart junk which Understanding Communication and Aging: Developing Knowledge and Awareness is definitely out Tufte s favourites Charles Joseph Minard s extremely famous Der Beobachter infographic of Napoleon s army attempting tonvade Russia An Egyptian Satire About a Condemned Building in 1812 1813 He lovest so much Barack Obama For Beginners, Updated Edition: An Essential Guide it s reprinted four timesBut there are all sorts of lovely maps and charts for your graphical delectationDebunking the junks what Ed Drôle De Mariage is here for and the pleasure of the texts From Dare to Due Date in the ARID humour he deploys and the way he trusts the reader to be a fellow smarty pants In of a folks are smart way not an elitist you and me are smart way I was laughing When a uoted designer says he s all about conveying the essential spirit of the data Tufte has got me primed Fool NO Show me the DATA notts essence and not ts spirit If you work with data f you draw graphics Hold Me Again if you look at graphicsf you re Nomad interestedn politics economics geography or science f you like maths art design truth beauty loveread this Although originally published n 1983 when professional graphics artists prepared most of the charts and graphs used Heaven Can Wait in presentations and official publications this book remains useful for anyone who wishes to conveynformation clearly and concisely I can remember a job early Friends for 300 Years: The History and Beliefs of the Society of Friends Since George Fox Started the Quaker Movement in my career when all presentations had to be approved by two levels of management then submitted to the graphics shop at least a week before they were to be used and what came back was annter 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 Rattlesnake Rock improved our ability to get the message acrossn an understandable and Manhattan Muffdiver 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 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 second career on this obsession Think thiss dull stuff Ha and again I say ha It s darn sexy Don t believe me Consider this conseuence of the era of optimism. Displays small multiples Editing and Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothingness improving graphics The datank ratio Time series relational graphics data maps multivariate designs Detection of graphical deception design variation vs data variation Sources of deception Aesthetics and data graphical displays This s the second editi.