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The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (1983)

by Edward R. Tufte

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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.… (more)

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A classic.
A beautiful piece of work.
A minimal primer.
A coherent aesthetic philosophy.
An amulet of protection against data-imbued confusions presented as "infoviz"es.
A 'start here'.
The last word. ( )
  GirlMeetsTractor | Mar 22, 2020 |
Great read for anyone interested in data visualization. ( )
  simonspacecadet | Jul 29, 2018 |
Before you make that presentation, read this. ( )
  jasoncomely | Dec 28, 2017 |
197 p.
  BmoreMetroCouncil | Feb 9, 2017 |
This book should serve as a great inspiration for anyone who undertakes designing charts or any kind of data visualisation. This is not a technical step-by-step guide for using particular tools or techniques but rather an overview of principles that apply when producing high quality data graphics.

Immaculately designed and packed with fantastic illustrations of good and bad approaches to visualisation, this book is a pleasure to read and absorb. I found that it worked well both when reading just a couple of pages at a time and when immersing myself in it for a longer period of time.

This is one of those books that I know I will be revisiting for reference in the future. ( )
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Excellence in statistical graphics consists of complex ideas communicated with clarity, precision, and efficiency.
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