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The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd Ed. (original 1983; edition 1997)

by Edward R. Tufte (Author)

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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 very concise theory on statistical graphics. The concepts the author talked about are so profound to me, yet I haven’t seen a lot of it in the modern world. A quick google search shows some Python code that can graph Tufte’s visuals. I wished other well known tools like Tableau incorporate in some of his ideas like dot-dash plot, or the line box plots. Very interesting read. It gave me motivation to create better data visualizations ( )
1 vote heolinhdam | Jun 25, 2024 |
The beginning textbook for any UX designer or anyone passionate about how information and patterns can be structured. ( )
  stickersthatmatter | May 29, 2023 |
A wonderful classic; by now rendered mostly redundant if you have read recent literature or work on visualizing information (granted, it was inspired by this). It was useful in providing me with several axioms to consider when attempting to visualize data... not because I necessarily agree with a specific approach. ( )
  womanwoanswers | Dec 23, 2022 |
A fascinating, elegant, and beautiful book. ( )
  Gumbywan | Jun 24, 2022 |
Picture books for grownups! I'm reading another one of his books right away, this one was so fun. Well, it's fun if you enjoy charts, and learning about things like who invented the bar graph, and looking askance at poorly-made graphics. ( )
  jdegagne | Apr 23, 2022 |
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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.

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