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Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative [Hardcover]

Edward R. Tufte
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  • Hardcover: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Graphics Press USA; First Edition edition (31 Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961392126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961392123
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tufte's (statistical evidence and information design, Yale U.) third book on displaying information that began with the now classic The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (1983). Whereas the first considered the display of numbers and the second of nouns, this explores the representation of

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously informative 1 Feb 2009
Tufte is pure genius. I own pretty much all of his work. The book is strewn with terrific stories and illustrations about the use of data and how to tell the best stories. For anyone working as an analyst or in a similar capacity which involves having to explain information to others, this book (and its companions) is truly invaluable. Don't be put off by the title, this is book you can show to your Granny and she'd be fascinated by it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another beautiful blockbuster from Tufte 1 Sep 2000
By Matthew Leitch VINE VOICE
This is another book that beautifully conveys some powerful advice. I found the detailed case studies of an epidemic in old London, and the Challenger disaster were particularly persuasive and useful.
Applied to management information, these arguments make the point that presentation of information can make the difference between worthless reports and illuminating reports.
Since some information systems are very costly to implement, it makes sense to ensure the final presentation justifies the investment, instead of wasting it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still relevant in the digital age 20 Aug 2014
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I have to confess to being a huge fan of Tufte though i came late to the party.
This book explores the methods and values of excellence in presenting information on change: how you represent movement, actions and ideas in a way that enlightens, informs and educates.
The book has excellent production values (what else did you expect) and is a a delight to explore. Tufte explains concepts and ideas in an engaging manner, pulling examples from hundreds of years of human history, from Hobbs "Leviathan", to abstract art of the 20th century. Amongst the pages are gems of insight from random places: be it descriptions fo magic tricks to descriptions of fish for those underwater! Brilliant.
It's interesting to read and reflect on how this is still relevant in a digital age where images can be distorted, manipulated or created on a whim. Even more than ever, the integrity of data and information has to meet these standards to be credible and effective. Powerpoint slaves, take note!
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