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Great visualisation book with a unique focus
on 16 July 2011
This book concentrates on the visual presentation of numerical data. Most books on this subject that are already out there either focus on the data or the presentation but rather uniquely this one picks up on how these two ends of the spectrum meet in the middle. The techniques for extracting data from various sources, exploring the data and then selecting clear visualisations that enable further exploration and discovery are all presented in clear, practical examples that can be worked through. You won't find any meaningless data-porn here, just modern techniques for developing elegant and beautiful visualisations!
The book seems to be aimed at beginning or lower-intermediate data designers who are comfortable with either design or statistics (but not necessarily both) but it's good refreshing read even if you're already familiar with the content as the text contains many insightful thoughts from the author. I'm giving it 4 rather than 5 stars as it would've been nice if the book was rounded off with with one or two more challenging examples.