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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (18 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132065509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132065504
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,127,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Information Visualization

Design for Interaction

Second Edition


Robert Spence


“Spence has completely reorganized the material, creating a significant revision that hinges on the three main concepts of representation, presentation, and interaction. […] He writes with clarity and insight, carefully explaining the important ideas of the field as well as their significance.” 

~ From the Foreword by John Stasko, Georgia Institute of Technology


One of the greatest challenges of our time is to make sense of the overwhelming amount of information all around us.  The concepts and techniques of Information Visualization (IV) help us to understand this deluge of data.


The second edition of Information Visualization has been completely restructured to focus on core concepts and novel technologies that allow us to interact with information in new and exciting ways.


Highlights of the Second Edition include

  • A new structure to enable readers to grasp key concepts more easily;
  • A wealth of new Case Studies showing different applications of IV;
  • New exercises to test your understanding;  
  • A DVD featuring video examples of IV in action.


Check out the Companion Website at www.pearsoned.co.uk/spence for additional resources for students and instructors.


About the Author

Robert Spence is Professor of Information Engineering at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London.  He is widely recognized to be one of the pioneers of IV, and has taught the subject world-wide to both students and professionals.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book serves as a good solid well thought out introduction to Information Visualisation. Not only does it describe techniques for visualising large/diverse/unstructured datasets, it also provides examples and explanations of why the techniques work.
For advanced readers in the field, it is thought provoking as it gathers together concepts that may not have been considered associated with one another.
Further the style, quality of images, print etc makes this a joy to read.
Altogether a very good book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Given how poor books in this area have been in the past it is a very pleasant surprise to have read this book and found it to be a well structured and well written description of the field. Well printed, with plenty of colour figures and good descriptions of goals and of methods and their flaws, it is easy to recommend this book to those interested in the background of the field, particularly to students.
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I am working on my masters dissertation on a topic related to InfoVis which is a new field for me. This book is the most useful text I read to understand what is information visualization and what techniques avaialable. It is well structured and informative. Sometimes I feel like I am in a one-to-one session with a private teacher. It is rich with examples and justification of each application of a visualization technique in a sepecific example which is important for any design/application study to choose the most suitable technique to the problem in hand. If you are new to this field, you will find yourself at the end of this book have a great knowledge which might be more than basis. To be honest, this book might be easy for someone who is an expert or working on more complicated project or algorithms studies. Finally, this book is highly recommended.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Read Tufte again instead 25 Sept. 2001
By Petter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'd really like to give the book one single star, the reason being that its title 'Information Visualization' puts greater demand on the way the book illustrates its concepts and thoughts. As the exhibits are often ugly, data-poor and most of the times situated on different pages than the text that refers to them (seems to me an absolute basic in this discipline), the reading of the book is not enjoyable but rather painful. Compare this to any of the works of Tufte.
The text is also not written with care (again, compare with Tufte), but instead in a (not very literate) over-scholarly fashion. Take, for example, this reference from page 146: "The World Wide Web is of enormous size and complexity (Bray, 1996)".
It gets a two-star rating because it actually compiles a number of computerized visualization models (when reading, skip the descriptions of the non-computerized - they lack analysis and insight) which can provide a starting point for further exploration of the field. However, I am in no way assured that this compilation is the best one, or even a very good one. I'll keep looking.
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Promises a lot- -doesn�t quite deliver 4 April 2003
By Erika Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is an overview textbook of information visualization techniques. The first chapter is very enticing- -it describes many visualization problems, and provides some historical examples of specific visualization techniques of the past. The rest of the book takes up assorted topics such as representation, internal models, and connectivity, and provides some examples of visualization techniques. Unfortunately, the text is too concise to be used for independent study. I found myself puzzled over how to interpret most of the new visualization techniques. For most of the techniques, Spence provides little or no guidance about interpretation, and few suggestions about how to make effective use of the techniques. An instructor who is a specialist in the subject would presumably be able to provide the missing information, but readers who pick up this book on their own might not be able to gain the information they are seeking. The publisher has also developed a companion Website for the book, with exercises and answers, dynamic examples, and OHPs for classroom use. It would have been nice, however, to also provide the materials on a CD-ROM for users who do not have continuous broadband access to the Net.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An easy and useful read for anybody who deals with data 28 Feb. 2001
By Clint Steele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book provides an overview of the methods and principles behind the presentation of information. I am not an expert in this area but I found that contents were easy to grasp and understand. This makes the book suitable for anybody who wants an easy to read introduction to the topic of information visualisation.
The book is written in in the first person and in such a way that it is in no way a task to read it and the extensive use of accompanying diagrams adds further to the ease of absorbing what is written. It is hard to imagine how you could not find at least one item that is of value or interest to you if you ever have to deal with data of some sort.
Chapter 9 provides many techniques to aid in the development of optimised reliable designs that would be found interesting by any design engineer. The examples that are used throughout the book are remarkably varied which as mentioned earlier would make this book interesting or of value to anybody who has to deal with data and its presentation.
1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
So clear! 12 Aug. 2001
By Matthew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's rare to read a technical book and come away thinking "But surely that's obvious!" That's how well Prof. Spence explains the subject matter and why this book is utterly indespensible (in my opinion). 5 stars!
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