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Information Visualization: Perception for Design (Interactive Technologies) [Hardcover]

Colin Ware
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Mar 2000 1558605118 978-1558605114
This work combines a strictly scientific approach to human perception with a consistently practical concern for the rules governing the effective visual presentation of information. Readers can apply these principles to optimise visual information for consumption by others. They can also improve their own analyses by adopting display strategies that make data patterns and their significance easier to discern. Because of focuses on the psychological and physiological principles underlying perception, this book transcends the approaches to visual display that have evolved separately in invidual disciplines.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers In (Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558605118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558605114
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,681,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This unique and essential guide to human visual perception and related cognitive principles will enrich courses on information visualization and empower designers to see their way forward. Ware's updated review of empirical research and interface design examples will do much to accelerate innovation and adoption of information visualization." -Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland "Colin Ware is the perfect person to write this book, with a long history of prominent contributions to the visual interaction with machines and to information visualization directly. It goes a long way towards joining science to the practical design of information visualization systems." -from the foreword by Stuart Card, PARC "Better than anyone else that I've encountered in my work, Colin Ware explains how visual perception works and how it applies to data presentation." - Stephen Few -- Intelligent Enterprise --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all 25 Feb 2002
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... This is the book I would have liked to have written. It is an overview of the perceptual factors that should be taken into account when preparing visualisations. It is not a step-by-step account of how to do a specific visualisation, but notes on what to think about and some nice examples of visualisations from various fields.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely terrible. 2 Sep 2001
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A poorly organized mish-mash of facts and opinions with little evidence of real purpose to the writing and no visible direction. Dreadful. The author seems incapable of deciding when and where to discuss each of the topics he wishes to include but jumps back and forth seemingly at random never completing any one of them or providing enough information to give the reader any insight at all into the topic of information visualization.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, despite its flaws 11 Aug 2000
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Ware's book provides a technically accurate and well-written overview of the gamut of issues pertaining to information visualization -- from basic visual anatomy and physiology to techniques for creating effective displays from multidimensional data.
Yes, it's "introductory" in nature, but it's the most comprehensive introduction I've seen to this complex and emerging field. It would make an excellent reference or textbook.
The 5-star content gets 4 stars because of the book's numerous editorial flaws. For example, several illustrations in the text reference color plate images that simply don't exist. And at least a half-dozen works cited in the text don't appear on the reference list. All-in-all, a rather slipshod editing job.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent building blocks of information viz 30 July 2000
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This a well-written work revealing the fundamental rules of perception that are applicable in info viz and design. If you are looking for elaborate examples or brochureware, this is not for you. Focus is on basic principles (such as the gestalt rules, kinetic motion organization, visual ability. Excellent for the beginner or academic. Advanced info designers/architects may find it a little lean, but trust me, it's still worth it as a refresher and knowledge-base builder (I felt I still learned a few things).
The only main drawback may be book quality. Only a few color plates in the center make for a visually sparse work, although there are b/w images throughout. Nevertheless, writing makes up for this fact with clear and direct language. Many of us here in the Communication Planning/Information Design grad program like it a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mast have book! 17 May 2000
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for me, this is one of the books that you have always waited for. it is combin lot's of important issues considering the design work. this book dealing with Lightness, Brightness, Contrast, and Constancy,Interacting with Visualizations,Images and Words, and Static and Moving Patterns.
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