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Envisioning Information by Edward R. Tufte

Envisioning Information (edition 1990)

by Edward R. Tufte

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This book celebrates escapes from the flatlands of both paper and computer screen, showing superb displays of high-dimensional complex data. The most design-oriented of Edward Tufte's books, Envisioning Information shows maps, charts, scientific presentations, diagrams, computer interfaces, statistical graphics and tables, stereo photographs, guidebooks, courtroom exhibits, timetables, use of color, a pop-up, and many other wonderful displays of information. The book provides practical advice about how to explain complex material by visual means, with extraordinary examples to illustrate the fundamental principles of information displays. Topics include escaping flatland, color and information, micro/macro designs, layering and separation, small multiples, and narratives. Winner of 17 awards for design and content. 400 illustrations with exquisite 6- to 12-color printing throughout. Highest quality design and production.… (more)
Title:Envisioning Information
Authors:Edward R. Tufte
Info:Graphics Press (1990), Hardcover, 126 pages
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Another very readable, visual, and to-be-absorbed book by Tufte on how to make effective visual displays of information. ( )
1 vote JBD1 | Jun 24, 2020 |
This is a much better book than the first one, there's a lot more substance and less polemic. However, it's not very well written and his main points get lost in the long series of examples, so it takes some work to get that substance out of it. ( )
  haloedrain | Aug 3, 2019 |
I began reading Tuft's graphic information series in an attempt to thwart and destroy the boring academic PowerPoint. For those not aware, academic and/or scholarly PowerPoints, particularly those used to present research at conferences, are really, really, really...really...bad. Scholars are enamored with data and try to cram as much of it onto one slide as possible, literally presenting their audience with chapters of words on one slide (that no audience member can read and still reasonably listen to the presenter), APA-formatted tables (that no audience member can read because the data is too small), and lines of equations (that no audience member can decipher, but I'm certain the scholar believes looks impressive). Academic PowerPoints are distracting at their best, baffling at their worst. Tuft's series gives easy to understand textual and visual explanations on how to achieve good visual data. I do not believe it is necessary for academicians and scholars to become graphic artists; however, I believe it is necessary to learn how to display data in a manner that gets to the point of research and research outcomes with the impact intended.


Books in the series:

Tufts, E. R. (1990). Envisioning information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.

Tufts, E. R. (1997). Visual explanations: Images and quantities, evidence and narrative. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.

Tufts, E. R. (2001). The visual display of quantitative information (2nd Ed.). Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press. ( )
  Christina_E_Mitchell | Sep 9, 2017 |
Super interesting info on data presentation written in an obtuse and boring way... ( )
  mdubois | Apr 28, 2017 |
126 p.
  BmoreMetroCouncil | Feb 9, 2017 |
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for my teacher, Inge Druckey
for my parents, Edward E Tufte and Virginia James Tufte
and for Moshe, Tanya, Charlie, Natasha, Babar and Frida
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Even though we navigate daily through a perceptual world of three spatial dimensions and reason occasionally about higher dimensional arenas with mathematical ease, the world portrayed on our information displays is caught up in the two-dimensionality of endless flatlands of paper and video screen.
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