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This is an excellent tool for presentation development of statistical information. Generally, business developers have one chance to grab a client's interest, because even the most astute executive's attention will wander while scanning a list of numbers.
Every section in Digital Diagrams is filled with symbols, charts, graphs, and diagrams; and each chapter...
Published on 26 Sep 2002 by Victoria Tarrani

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3.0 out of 5 stars Check the reviews at amazon.com before purchase
Here at amazon.co.uk there is currently only one review, and it is very positive. I do not own this book, but there are reviews at amazon.com which warn you against this book. Read them and evaluate their arguments before you purchase.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Show don't tell., 26 Sep 2002
This review is from: Digital Diagrams: How to Design & Present Statistical Information Effectively (Paperback)
This is an excellent tool for presentation development of statistical information. Generally, business developers have one chance to grab a client's interest, because even the most astute executive's attention will wander while scanning a list of numbers.
Every section in Digital Diagrams is filled with symbols, charts, graphs, and diagrams; and each chapter includes pertinent information regarding the artwork within it. The most important aspect for a technical writer, design engineer, solutions provider, etc. is to show the specific details rather than tell them.
Chapter 1 -- What is a diagram? Since not all numbers are worth a diagram, it is up to the analyst to determine which datum makes sense to display, and what is the best way to show trends, discrepancies, cartography, art, and other forms of information. Illustrative Diagrams include simple icons through in-depth cross sections that are relevant to astronomy, geology, weather patterns, and business concepts. Tables and graphs are used for statistical diagrams and the various forms that can be used to chart changes. This Relational diagrams, such as ocean currents, relate to the physical world and fixed locations. Other diagrams included in this chapter are organizational interrelationships and time charts
Chapter 2 -- Making diagrams work. Information designers develop pictograms that create visual language. In a world that grows smaller through communications, internationally understood symbols, such as a skull and cross bones, speak in every language. Pictorial pieces can comprise such things as the step by step creation of an origami bird, the dissection of any organism, the effects of a volcanic eruption to the land or water masses around it, or K-2 and Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Chapter 3 -- The digital toolbox discusses page layout software. Many office programs such as word processors and spreadsheet have good tools built into them. However, 2-D and 3-D vectoring software provides minute control for a wide range of options. Raster painting programs enhance these designs with textures and depth. Many programs include a library of ready-made, royalty free clipart. This chapter describes the most effective way to use the tools.
Chapter 4 -- show case your work. When someone can look at a diagram and know what is being said, then it works. This chapter is filled with successful artwork.
The introduction and appendix are standard. The dictionary is well laid out and easy to read. It is an excellent reference tool.
Victoria Tarrani
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3.0 out of 5 stars Check the reviews at amazon.com before purchase, 13 Mar 2007
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