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Another excellent book from Stephen Few
on 14 August 2009
This is another practical, clear book from Stephen Few, along the lines of his Dashboards book, but weightier.
Contains numerous examples using modern software such as Tableau and Spotfire, but also tips on beating Excel into submission.
The focus of this book is displays for analysis and understanding, rather than for presentation or monitoring (dashboards). The book therefore covers some displays (such as parallel coordinate plots) that only really work when used dynamically, rather than being static slides or paper printouts.
Sidebars throughout the book give succinct requirements that good information visualisation software should support, such as "provide a means to easily filter all tightly-coupled tables and graphs together by a single action".
Much of the material I have seen before, but this is still a useful collection of 'good practice' for common display types such as line graphs and dot plots, and a good source book for less-well known types of graph.