Edward Tufte is brilliant His books including this one are artwork disguised as "A Textbook The Purpose "textbook The purpose all three is to xplain both good and bad ways of Desire in Seven Voices explaining information but they are so much than that There is a rich history interwoven in the books pages Thexamples are so interesting that I found myself learning than just how to convey information For xample "one of the best graphics for conveying information ver made is a chartmap tracking Napoleon Bonaparte s army s march " of the best graphics for conveying information The Casa Mono Cookbook ever made is a chartmap tracking Napoleon Bonaparte s army s march 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 yet still beautiful way I was fortunatenough 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 you get all of his books and publications in print If you 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 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 this is dull stuff Ha and again I say ha It s darn sexy Don t believe me Consider this conseuence of the ra of optimism or this version of Little Red Riding Hood or this n 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 arly 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 an inter office nvelope 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 xisted for five thousand years 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 created by artists not the people who understood the data At the core of the preoccupation with deceptive graphics was the assumption that data graphics were mainly devices for showing the obvious to the ignorant p 53 The book has many gregiously bad xamples some of which appeared to be deliberately deceptive such as hiding a business loss by making the y axis start below zero and some by making the y axis start below zero and some incompetently done apparently by graphics artists who wanted to make a pretty picture without the least understanding of what the data meant Inept graphics also flourish because many graphic artists believe that statistics are boring and tedious It then follows that decorated graphics must pep up animate and all too often Lachlan's Protg (English Edition) exaggerate whatvidence there is 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 ffective uick analysis Design of the high resolution. 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 also liked how it ON THE HISTORY AND EVOLUTION "on the history and volution different types of graphs However a major flaw is the lack of thought that was put into the writing Many of the axioms that Tufte proposes for graphics could ually well apply to writing For xample don t patronize your audience and don t waste ink on non information Tufte unfortunately goes against both these principles with his disdainful verbose tone A great 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 lementary mathstatistics or who simply takes the time to look at graphs and think about how they could be improved He also contradicts his own advice about providing adeuate xplanation for plots by offering zero Conflict in Blood explanation for several plots that are nearly inscrutable beyond saying this is great or this is silly His attitude towards artists isspecially belittling I was hoping for a thoughtful take on the balance between beauty and practicality in graphic design All in I think this the book has some smart points and good images but not uite to warrant its position on a pedestal People have told me to read this book for years and I ve always been impressed by the strength of their recommendationsHowever on reading this book I was initially underwhelmed I felt like Tufte was just rehashing common sense about graphs I read through it and found myself saying yeah yeah I get it On reflection a week after finishing I realized this book is genius Tufte concisely and clearly articulates principles which should be common sense so well that they have appearance to be common sense One sentence summaryThe graphical analogue of Elements of Style obvious avoid junk useless contradictory and wrongDon t understand the hype about this book it s super outdated When I started secondary school I was mildly apprehensive about physics an unfamiliar word that licited an actual shudder from my mother Fortunately my lderly teacher had an infectious affection for his subject I remember that he noticed me xamining the monthly night sky chart pinned to the classroom door and thereafter would print off an xtra The book led was one of the most Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series) enlightening books that I vevery read I ve always had a penchant for using numbers images and heuristics to Logic, Labels, And Flesh explain and began taking Edward Tufte s courses when the opportunity arose starting in 1998 He held them in hotel ballr This 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 visual information interesting decades ago and it s still considered one of the top 100 books of the 20th century He showsxamples of what the best displays and worst displays are in the first part of the book In the second he breaks down graphs pie Entertaining and illustrative Tufte shows strong Dialogue: Relationships in Graphic Design examples of bothlegant and ghastly designs taking several opportunities to improve the latter with surgical The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths erasure Thesexamples form the basis for a set of now canonized principlesThe only part I really disagreed with was the beginning of chapter 6 wherein On of The Visual Display of uantitative Information Recently published this new Modeling and Analysis of Communicating Systems edition providesxcellent 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 ditio.
Summary ¾ PDF, DOC, TXT or Book ✓ Edward R. TufteN the data p 79The book s value comes from the fact that Tufte has a number of specific recommendations for how to present data and he cites good xamples as well as bad The defining graphic in the book is Charles Joseph Minard s 1861 graph showing the fate of Napoleon s army in Russia It is a powerful image telling the dramatic story of an army withering away on the march to and from Moscow It manages to plot multiple variables on a two dimensional page the size of the army its location in Russia the direction of the army s movement dates of specific vents and temperatures along the route of retreat Once seen the graph is unforgettableThere is also another brilliant xample a graph by EJ Marey showing train schedules from Paris to Lyon in the 1880s At first it looks like a jumble of broken diagonal lines but then it resolves itself The slope of the line indicates the speed of the train the horizontal breaks show where the train is stopped at a station the x axis shows the time of the trip at start finish and points along the way and the y axis the towns the train passes through A great deal of information is packed into a simple asy to read image The train schedules put out by Amtrak today are far less intuitive and informativeTufte s recommendations boil down one word simplify He coined the word chartjunk and recommends paring In Deeper everything down to itsssentials His fundamental precepts areFive principles in the theory of data graphics produce substantial changes in graphical design The principles apply to many graphics and yield a series of design options through cycles of graphical revision and Personlighetspsykiatri editingAbove alllse show the dataMaximize the data ink ratioErase non data inkErase redundant data inkRevise and ditp 105Somewhere along the way in my career I came to internalize some of Tufte s ideas without knowing I was doing so Whenever I saw a presentation filled "With Clipart With Animated "clipart with animated whatevers with unnecessary three dimensional charts and distracting bright colors I concluded that the presenter was ither an idiot or was actively trying to hide something the viewer wasn t supposed to notice Subseuent vents usually proved me rightIf there is one thing that Tufte hates above all lse it is the pie chart the only worse design than a pie chart is several of
for then the viewer is asked to compare uantities located in spatial disarray both within and pies p178 Since they only display a small number of data points anyway you are better off making a simple number chartThis book is worth reading and will make you think about how to best present your information Some of the Financial Modeling and Valuation: A Practical Guide to Investment Banking and Private Equity examples he provides are old including a couple that were certainly created on ancient dot matrix printers but his advice remainsxcellent For those interested in his additional ideas about graphics presentation he also wrote Envisioning Information 1990 and Visual Explanations Images and uantities Evidence and Narrative 1997 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 good graphic After ying it on many coffee tables and office bookshelves I finally decided to pick it up from the library I m glad that I didn t buy it There are some positives a few inspiring xamples of creative precise designs that tell a story and reveal insights about the data Some of the negative Learning Unreal® Engine iOS Game Development examples graphs thatxaggerate or. Displays small multiples Editing and improving graphics The data ink 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 is the second Strange Visitors editi.them for then the viewer is asked to compare uantities located in spatial disarray both within and