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  • Hardcover: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers In; 2nd Revised edition edition (5 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558608192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558608191
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 19.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,122,235 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

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The author takes the "visual" in visualization very seriously. Colin Ware has advanced degrees in both computer science (MMath, Waterloo) and the psychology of perception (Ph.D., Toronto). He has published over a hundred articles in scientific and technical journals and at leading conferences, many of which relate to the use of color, texture, motion, and 3D in information visualization. In addition to his research, Professor Ware also builds useful visualization software systems. He has been involved in developing 3D interactive visualization systems for ocean mapping for over twelve years, and he directed the development of the NestedVision3D system for visualizing very large networks of information. Both of these projects led to commercial spin-offs. Professor. Ware recently moved from the University of New Brunswick in Canada to direct the Data Visualization Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Sep 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book, covering important perceptual issues that are relevant when designing information visualisations. I particularly liked the discussion on the Gestalt laws. As a computer scientist, this book provided an accessible psychological prospective into the world of information visualisation.

I recommend it as a companion to Robert Spence's book on Information Visualisation and the book by Card, Mackinlay and Shneiderman (buy all three).
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
The best one volume book out there, but not perfect 5 Oct 2004
By Strategist - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the best single volume book on the subject of information visualisation that I've read. Sure, there are other very nice books on diagrams, maps, data analysis, modelling and scientific visualisation. However, none of them have the scope of this book.
And therein lies the problem. For a single volume book Ware's effort tries to cover too much and some of the chapters are quite weak (chapter 0 and 10). Also, the fact that it was written by a psychologist shows in a good and bad way: human visual cognition is correctly the foundation upon which to build visualisation. Unfortunately the examples and the ideas for implementation are often lacking or poor in quality.
The first edition also has typesetting errors, so be sure to get the second edition.
All in all, it's still a book worth getting if you're in any serious way connected with the practise of visualisation. However, don't expect it to be the bible of the field, as such a thing does not exist (yet).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Classic introduction to InfoVis 19 Feb 2008
By Michael Galloy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a basic introduction to InfoVis, covering topics from human perception to improving the decision-making processes with visualizations. It is worth having if you are in the field or are serious about improving your visualizations.

Some of the negative comments in reviews must refer to the first edition. My second edition has (some) color images as appropriate throughout the book. There are still a few errors, but not a large number. There are definitely a few low quality examples.
Outstanding 14 Sep 2009
By Steven H. Gutfreund - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Full of rich, deep theory about vision and visualization, with lots of practical advice. The only reason I don't give it a five stars is that there are places where he is too cursory and absract to understand (but two places out of 400 pages is pretty good for an academic).
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great for Interface designers or visualizationers 28 Feb 2006
By Ray D' Ruckus - Published on
Format: Hardcover
WOW. This guy did his homework! Ware covers the basics and more advanced topics. I felt he goes beyond most books on this subject by giving his suggestions and not just stating facts.
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Not applicable and not a suitable text book 2 Jun 2007
By Hussein Ahmed - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book gives sme guidleines (supported by research) but it won't be suitable for practioners but as a text book of no very good use for an information visualization course. It was tedious to have it as our text book I don't know if this is what I think or is it the actual case.
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