(The Visual Display of uantitative Information) [PDF READ] ↠ Edward R. Tufte

Amazon.com: The Underwater Photographer eBook: Martin Edge: Kindle Store hOf the charts and graphs used in presentations and official publications this book remains useful for anyone who wishes to convey information clearly and concisely I can remember a job early in my career when all presentationsad to be approved by two levels of management then submitted to the graphics shop at least a week before they were be used and what came back was an inter

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envelope full of to be on an overhead projector We Growing Marijuana (Idiot's Guides) have come a long way since then but powerful graphics softwareas not necessarily improved our ability to get the message across in an understandable and informative wayTufte starts with some The Jane Austen Project history of the statistical graph It took a long time for people to make the conceptual leap from a uantity to an abstract visual representation of that uantity as a line or a bar positioned between several axes The first charts were derived from maps but mapsad existed for five thousand years before charts and graphs appeared in the 1700sBy the 20th century newspapers magazines and business and government publications all included graphics but they were often done ineptly because they were created by artists not the people who understood the data At the core of the preoccupation with deceptive graphics was the assumption that data graphics were mainly devices for showing the obvious to the ignorant p 53 The book Dynamite Doc or Christmas Dad? has many egregiously bad examples some of which appeared to be deliberately deceptive such asiding a business loss by making the y axis start below zero and some just incompetently done apparently by graphics artists who wanted to make a pretty picture without the least understanding of what the data meant Inept graphics also flourish because many graphic artists believe that statistics are boring and tedious It then follows that decorated graphics must pep up animate and all too often exaggerate what evidence there is in the data p 79The book s value comes from the fact that Tufte Industrial Applications of Biopolymers and Their Environmental Impact has a number of specific recommendations forow to present data and e cites good examples as well as bad The defining graphic in the book is Charles Joseph Minard s 1861 graph showing the fate of Napoleon s army in Russia It is a powerful image telling the dramatic story of an army withering away on the march to and from Moscow It manages to plot multiple variables on a two dimensional page the size of the army its location in Russia the direction of the army s movement dates of specific events and temperatures along the route of retreat Once seen the graph is unforgettableThere is also another brilliant example a graph by EJ Marey showing train schedules from Paris to Lyon in the 1880s At first it looks like a jumble of broken diagonal lines but then it resolves itself The slope of the line indicates the speed of the train the orizontal breaks show where the train is stopped at a station the x axis shows the time of the trip at start finish and points along the way and the y axis the towns the train passes through A great deal of information is packed into a simple easy to read image The train schedules put out by Amtrak today are far less intuitive and informativeTufte s recommendations boil down one word simplify He coined the word chartjunk and recommends paring everything down to its essentials His fundamental precepts areFive principles in the theory of data graphics produce substantial changes in graphical design The principles apply to many graphics and yield a series of design options through cycles of graphical revision and editingAbove all else show the dataMaximize the data ink ratioErase non data inkErase redundant data inkRevise and editp 105Somewhere along the way in my career I came to internalize some of Tufte s ideas without knowing I was doing so Whenever I saw a presentation filled with clipart with animated dancing whatevers with unnecessary three dimensional charts and distracting bright colors I concluded that the presenter was either an idiot or was actively trying to Blood Sorcery (Shadows of Magic, hide something the viewer wasn t supposed to notice Subseuent events usually proved me rightIf there is one thing that Tufteates above all else it is the pie chart the only worse design than a pie chart is #several of them for then the viewer is asked to compare uantities located in spatial disarray #of them for then the viewer is asked to compare uantities located in spatial disarray within and between pies p178 Since they only display a small number of data points anyway you are better off making a simple number chartThis book is worth reading and will make you think about The Elusive Heiress Nancy Drew how to best present your information Some of the examplese provides are old including a couple that were certainly created on ancient dot matrix printers but Pizarro and the Conuest of Peru his advice remains excellent For those interested inis additional ideas about graphics presentation e also wrote Envisioning Information 1990 and Visual Explanations Images and uantities Evidence and Narrative 199. On of The Visual Display of uantitative Information Recently published this new edition provides excellent color reproductions of the many graphics of William Playfair adds color to other images and includes all the changes and corrections accumulated during 17 printings of the first editio. .
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The Visual Display of uantitative Information25 stars I read this book because 1 as a scientist I "care a lot about visualizing information in ways that are both meaningful "a lot about visualizing information in ways that are both meaningful attractive and 2 this book is ailed as a classic and cited by many when discussing what constitutes a good graphic After eying it on many coffee tables and office bookshelves I finally decided to pick it up from the library I m glad that I didn t buy it There are some positives a few inspiring examples of creative precise designs that tell a story and reveal insights about the data Some of the #negative examples graphs that exaggerate or obscure the data or that are eavy #examples Graphs That Exaggerate Or that exaggerate or the data or that are Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator heavy and ugly are also useful to think about and are occasionally very funny I also likedow it touched on the Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India history and evolution of different types of graphs However a major flaw is the lack of thought that was put into the writing Many of the axioms that Tufte proposes for graphics could eually well apply to writing For example don t patronize your audience and don t waste ink on non information Tufte unfortunately goes against both these principles withis disdainful verbose tone A great deal of verbiage and jargon could be stripped away to yield a text with much Desperate (Bad Baker Boys, higher information density to useis own term The advice presented is reasonable but much of it is just common sense for anyone who s paid a little attention to elementary mathstatistics or who simply takes the time to look at graphs and think about Biocentrismo. 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La nuova teoria del tutto how they could be improved He also contradictsis own advice about providing adeuate explanation for plots by offering zero explanation for several plots that are nearly inscrutable beyond saying this is great or this is silly His attitude towards artists is especially belittling I was A Small C Compiler Language Usage Theory and Design hoping for a thoughtful take on the balance between beauty and practicality in graphic design All in all I think this the bookas some smart points and good images but not uite enough to warrant its position on a pedestal The book led was one of the most enlightening books that I ve every read I ve always ad a penchant for using numbers images and euristics to explain and began taking Edward Tufte s courses when the opportunity arose starting in 1998 He Truly Irresistible held them inotel ballrooms throughout the United States and Whisper Loudly his followers attended with cult like repetition sometimes registering for the same course 6 times in one yearEdward Tufte is one of the most elegant designers of information alive today the book was the beginning of my devotion tois philosophy of the visual articulation of facts figures and abstract concepts This book as well as professor Tufte s academic publishing I've Been Thinking . . .: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life have influenced the world around us in so many ways From the elouent graphical explanations in the New York Times to the vibrant digital displays of political elections on Fox News and theistorical statistics of Dragon Ball Z Cycle 2 T03 hurricanes put forth on Weather Channel all of this traces itseritage back to Edward Tufte and The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip & his award winning books If you want to escape the two dimensionalell of explanation that is the improper use of Powerpoint this books and its two companions provide safe passage to the promised land of clear robust graphical discourses of complex ideas Well 3 12 stars really but GoodReads won t permit that Don t let the orrifically dull title fool you Edward Tufte knows a thing or two about chart design to say the least e s built a second career on this obsession Think this is dull stuff Ha and again I say The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 4 (light novel) ha It s darn sexy Don t believe me Consider this conseuence of the era of optimism or this version of Little Red Riding Hood or this nifty day in the life or this graphic design shop which is such a brilliant specialist in the whimsical cum nostalgic info graphic style that They Might Be Giants commissioned them to produce everything from the liner notes to Mink Car to the flash animations embedded on No to their website TMBGcomAnd Tufte s bookas its share of worthwhile Aha moments as well Take this snippet from p 20 which follows six maps of the continental US depicting various types of cancer over a 19 year period by age sex and county Tufte points out the clarity and key moments of interest in the various images such as death rates in areas where you Fret Work Step By Step have lived and then critiues The maps repay careful study Noticeow uickly and naturally our attention Mark of the Dragon Urban Dragon has been directed toward exploring the substantive content of the data rather than toward uestions of methodology and techniue Nonetheless the maps doave their flaws They wrongly euate the visual importance of each county with its geographic area rather than with the number of people living in the county or the number of cancer deaths Our visual impression of the data is entangled with the circumstance of geographic boundaries shapes and areas the chronic problem afflicting shaded in area designs of such blot maps or patch maps He goes on to further. 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Dissect the presentation and the foundational data in a way that I would never Tubâ va ma'nâ ye shab have dreamed of Talk about your perfectionists these map examples were drawn byimAt any rate this book is all about comprehensible usable design and Tufte even designed it for maximum impact Its slim girth a mere 190 pages is chock full of istoric graphical errors and successes but you can read the first 50 alone and get the idea Given that I m a bit taken aback and yet strangely curious to ave discovered that Tufte Rechnen und Textaufgaben - Gymnasium 5. Klasse (Mathematik: Textaufgaben/Sachaufgaben, Band 155) has managed to produce at least three disparate volumesHowever I ve since learned that Tufteas some serious and seriously earned followers Just last week on the theory of in for a penny in for a pound I attended a program on improving data analytics and #Was Pulled Aside At The End By #pulled aside at the end by of the organizers who spotted my copy of The Visual Display An important book How to Prove It (A Structured Approach) he sagely nodded You shouldave them all But check out Steven Few s perceptualedgecom Three Religious Rebels The Forefathers of the Trappists he continued That s where the rubber really meets the roadOkay fine leave me alone I swear that I ll never look at another pie chart again just don t make me give up my dependence on the color copier One sentence summaryThe graphical analogue of Elements of Style obvious avoid junk useless contradictory and wrongDon t understand theype about this book it s super outdated refers mainly to The Sunset Warrior hand drawn ish charts and considering most of use standard tools to create our visualizations not sureow we re supposed to actually implement Highland Hucow his suggestions and a lot of the advice and good examples Marey s train schedule Come on areorrible and even contradictory at one point The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan and the Climbing Life (English Edition) he bemoans Chernoff faces and later exhibits them in an exemplarIgnore Part 1 the first three chapters entirely Skim the restTwo principles1 Maximize data ink ratio2 Avoid chartjunk eg moire grids and ducksApply these two principles1 Redesign box plot not sure if I agree though the redesigned box plot does look elegant2 Scatterplot range frame3 Multifunctioning graphical elements eg stem and leaf plot4 Graphics should tend to theorizontal Entertaining and illustrative Tufte shows strong examples of both elegant and ghastly designs taking several opportunities to improve the latter with surgical erasure These examples form the basis for a set of now canonized principlesThe only part I really disagreed with was the beginning of chapter 6 wherein the author proposes revising the box plot design by reducing it to a mere point floating between two lines with only white space to represent the size of the interuartile range It looks roughly like this The author argues that t When I started secondary school I was mildly apprehensive about physics an unfamiliar word that elicited an actual shudder from my mother Fortunately my elderly
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had an infectious for Dien Cai Dau Wesleyan Poetry his subject I remember thate noticed me examining the monthly night sky chart pinned to the classroom door and thereafter would print off an extra copy specially and wordlessly Hope Solo: My Story Young Readers' Edition hand it to me ife saw me in the corridor never in class not wishing to embarrass me Our first lessons tried to tell us what the subject was all about and a poetic but confusing article telling me that it was about among other things not being able to push a blade of grass into the trunk of an oak tree demonstrated clearly that some things are better learned by seeing and doing than by readinghe needn t uality Control in the Pharmaceutical Industry have worried evidence of my geekiness was not in short supplyOne of our early experiments was The One With The Pendulum turns out that in the UK this is an A level practical I guess in t Edward Tufte is brilliant His books including this one are artwork disguised as a textbook The purpose of all three is to explain both good and bad ways of explaining info Peopleave told me to read this book for years and I ve always been impressed by the strength of their recommendationsHowever on reading this book I was initially underwhelmed I felt like Tufte was just rehashing common sense about graphs I read through it and found myself saying yeah yeah I get it On reflection a week after finishing I realized this book is genius Tufte concisely and clearly articulates principles which should be common sense so well that they Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book) have appearance to be common sense This is a book about graphsHow you ask could anyone write a book about graphs let alone read one Surely you ve never found the sex appeal of a bar chart the seductiveness of a scatterplot Well my friend you simplyave never realized the power of a well designed graph Tufte took on the challenge of making visual information interesting decades ago and it s still considered one of the top 100 books of the 20th century He shows examples of what the best displays and worst displays are in the first part of the book Although originally published in 1983 when professional graphics artists prepared most. Displays small multiples Editing and improving graphics The data ink ratio Time series relational graphics data maps multivariate designs Detection of graphical deception design variation vs data variation Sources of deception Aesthetics and data graphical displays This is the second editi.