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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195135326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195135329
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 3.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This is a train spotters approach to recognising every conceivable way of charting data - the detail is painstaking, though not painful.
Be clear, however - this is a book that almost exclusively focuses on visualising quantitative information - there's no 'signage' type concepts here, and there isn't even any colour, which is actually a bonus as colour would only introduce even more distraction. You will never have believed how many different ways you can chart a string of data points until you leaf through this tome.
The book, in attempting to catalogue charting from so many different dimensions, ends up repeating itself a lot - it could have been a third of its size and still conveyed the same volume of information.
It's a book that's great to flick through when you're looking for inspiration to show that piece of boring statistics in a more engaging form.
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If you are responsible for producing any kind of presentation of quantitative data then this is reference that you should consult. Thankfully it does not attempt to wow the reader with pretty yet useless so-called infographics prevalent in current media, rather it is a catalogue of concepts and notes on the application and usage of those concepts. Whilst originally published in the mid nineties it's current applicability is not diminished, in fact the content in this volume id probably more applicable than ever.

I would recommend that any one whose job involves visualization of data of any kind (even if it's basic charts on a Powerpoint presentation) obtain a copy of this along with Nathan Yu's books (Data Points, Visualize This), anything by Stephen Few and Tufte's four volumes and stay away from the utter rubbish by David McCandless (Information is Beautiful).
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Even though I have been involved in presenting quantitative data professionally for more than twenty years, I had no idea that there are so many different types of graphs, maps, tables, diagrams, and charts. The book is great of you are looking for new and better ways to present your data. Just browsing through it is a joy.

The book has the structure of an dictionary. It has entries for all kind of terms involved in making and describing graphs, etc. So it has for example a (long) entry on "Pie Chart", but also a separate entry on "Segment". It has lots of excellent illustrations, but even better is the text of the entries, explaining what the graph (map, table, etc.) is meant to show, discussing its parts, mentioning variations or alternatives, and indicating relations with other graphs (maps, tables, etc.). As such the book can also be used as a textbook to learn how to present data.

As the book was first published in 1996, one might think that it has become outdated with the increase of computer visualization tools. This is not the case. The quality of the illustrations in the book is much higher than what is produced by most of the software that is used nowadays.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Book is exactly what it says it is - a Reference 22 Dec. 2011
By D. R. Pitts - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a book that you will read cover to cover; it is a "dictionary" of graphics and the elements to those graphics. It will not teach you how to use them or the appropriate use of them (for that refers to Tufte). I agree with the other comments that the alphabetical arrangement is not useful - just as a dictionary is not useful if you don't know a word. A Thesaurus style would have been more useful, giving alternatives or evolutions of graphics. However some of the entries once found are extremely useful and e,g, Data Distribution graphs, but content is repeated under different entries Ie Combination decision and flow chart is under decision diagram and flow chart (and probably others) , making it hard to find the source reference
It's all black and white, and omits some of the more recent developments (no Heat Maps, Tree Maps, Sparklines).However it's a serious professional reference that I have personally found useful
Could use an update
45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consultant's best friend 29 Dec. 2000
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
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As a consultant in the computer industry I often wonder if I am a technical specialist or a technical writer because of the high volume of writing I do. While I have honed my writing skills through both experience and training in Information Mapping, I used to be at a loss about how to best portray technical data in my documents.
Information Graphics: A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference changed that. With this handy reference, which is never far from my keyboard, I have a 450-page catalog of ideas and guidance. What is remarkable is that in the 450 pages are 4,000 illustrations (nearly 10 per page). This book has allowed me to measurably improve the quality of my proposals and deliverables by picking the best possible way to convey information.
Don't let the fact that I am in the computer consulting industry deter you from buying this book - if you are in business, graphic arts, advertising and marketing or just about any other profession that uses data this book will be worth its weight in gold.
4.0 out of 5 stars but the information it contains is complete and highly useful. 6 Feb. 2016
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You can question the structure or design of this book, but the information it contains is complete and highly useful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 Aug. 2016
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Bible!
3.0 out of 5 stars Good examples, poorly organized 11 Oct. 2014
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Lots of examples, but not particularly innovative. Would be good for the beginner if better organized. Definitely not for a seasoned pro.
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