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Perhaps just not the book for me..,
This review is from: Envisioning Information (Hardcover)
I bought after I read all the great reviews about this book. I should say I am disappointed. I was expecting this book to give me great and arcane insights about how to present information like never-before seen/used charts, graphs, etc. A big part of my work by the way is presenting to the company CEOs and CFOs regarding various measurements, figures, etc.
It could very well be that I just miss the point. At any rate this is definitely not the book for me.
I am not throwing it away as the book looks nice (physically). If somebody who will have use for it would only drop by my house and ask for it, I would gladly give it for free as I truly doubt I would ever touch it again from my shelves.
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Initial post: 25 May 2010 11:30:55 BDT
I'd buy it. How much you want for it? The cost of shipping? Done!
Posted on 14 Jun 2010 09:02:45 BDT
Edward Lynch says:
If I understand Tufte's trilogy correctly the book of the series you need to look at for communicating numerical data as you suggest you need to is 'The Visual Display of Quantitative Information' rather than 'Envisioning Information'.
Posted on 6 Dec 2010 12:00:13 GMT
Patsys has indeed missed the point of this remarkable book. I first saw the book when a colleague was asked to review it prior to first publication in this country (UK). He lent it me for the w/e and it changed my life and career direction, and of many undergraduates to whom I introduced it to. The point is the book is not full of recipes, it is one of principles and philosophy. It does not lead by the nose but it does set out the essences of clear, crisp and unambiguous information envisionment. And the book DOES give a variety of absolute information classics. You have to learn from them and think laterally about how a railway timetable or an army's retreat from Moscow might have relevance to the task that is at hand. Tufte also includes some pure truths of good design and if one understands and subscribes to just these, then a designer will have much greater success in communication, where the message comes first and the personality of the particular designer comes last.
Posted on 9 Apr 2011 23:11:07 BDT
Michael Hoby says:
If you are in the Copenhagen area, I would gladly drop by-
Posted on 20 Feb 2013 23:24:56 GMT
Hvor bor du? I så fald vil jeg gerne droppe forbi og hente bogen :)
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