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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Science and art have in common intense seeing, the wide-eyed observing that generates visual information. Beautiful Evidence is about how seeing turns into showing, how data and evidence turn into explanation.
The book identifies excellent and effective methods for showing nearly every kind of information, suggests many new designs including sparklines , and provides analytical tools for assessing the credibility of evidence presentations which are seen from both sides: how to produce and how to consume presentations. For alert consumers of presentations, there are chapters on diagnosing evidence corruption and PowerPoint pitches. Beautiful Evidence concludes with 2 chapters that leave the world of pixel and paper flatland representations - and move onto seeing and thinking in space land, the real-land of three-space and time.
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Learn more about Amazon International Store. Frequently bought together. Add all three to Cart. Ships from and sold by Amazon US. Envisioning Information by Edward R. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Previous page. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Envisioning Information. Next page. Customers who bought this item also bought. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.
Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I have the other three books by Tufte in this series, and my expectations based on other reviews was quite low. Luckily, for me, it was exactly what I wanted. Some of the materials from older books was included in this one along with lots of new material , but they were treated in detail that was missing in the previous books.
In more than one book, Tufte uses Charles Joseph Minard's multivariate data map depicting Napoleon's invasion of Russia. In this book, he uses it once again, but he does so in a chapter devoted to this single map. The chapter, The Fundamental Principles of Analytical Design, begins with a much larger view of the map that folds out into a double-sized page making the details more available. Further, it is translated into English for those of us who do not read French.
In one respect, the translation illustrated how strong the graphic explanation was--the translation didn't add much to it. However, using detail from Minard's map, Tufte is able to illustrate the principles of analytic design--the chapter's topic. This book is not a fast-food takeout. You must be willing to and want to mull over the graphics and text. I find his efforts worth the time Tufte's rant on PowerPoint is reproduced in a chapter, but let's face it; it's worth thinking about.
Tufte blames both the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle losses on poor communication between engineers and decision makers--PowerPoint gets the blame fully for Columbia. Even better than Tufte's rant about the thinness of PP as far as a tool for clear communication is Microsoft's smug response suggesting that the misuse of PP is the problem, and Tufte doesn't know what he's talking about.
The responses to Tufte's article from Microsoft and its hired guns or flying monkeys are not reproduced in the book, but the amount of clamor caused by Tufte indicates he hit a nerve. Even Don Norman, who knows a thing or two about design came to Microsoft's defense is one of his most disingenuous articles to date.
The last chapter, Sculptural Pedestals, is not as bad as I feared. To be sure, it is an opportunity for Tufte to showcase his own sculptures, but he is able to provide enough analytical material to justify this somewhat irrelevant addition to the book. Outstanding and definition work on analytic graphics. After reading a number of books on dry data analytics and machine learning this is a real treat to round out the knowledge of what should come out as a result for presentation to potential consumer of the analysis.
The in depth treatment of background material may be a bit too elaborate for the hard core mathematicians but I found them visually stimulating and quite glad that I got a copy. Good volume for those who may want an slightly deeper insight into visual communication. For the most part the analysis is well crafted, with stimulating insights. Sometimes a bit too repetitive, and obsessed with its own neurosis.
For instance in the struggle against Power Point presentations, while I agree with him on most of the analysis, like Tufte also points out quickly early on it is not about PowerPoint but about the use given to it and the paradigm associated.
He could be much clearer since I believe that the most important points are not about the software. Also I disagree with his interpretation of intellectual ownership, I also think that rights should not be given exclusively away but do advocate for a public, open, and shared cultural production.
But that is another conversation All in all, it is a recommendable book, which - even if a little bit too hyped up for what it is supposed to offer - still offers a valuable read. For one, Tuftee's prose alone is a rich art, and he sets forth examples, and argument that just may change how you view things.
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Note: A just slightly different version of this review has been published in. Information Design Journal 15 2 , pp. Information design as a field owes a lot to Edward Tufte. With his bestselling books The Visual Display of Quantitative Information , Envisioning Information , and Visual Explanations , Tufte has successfully been drawing the attention of countless people to issues of information design. His fourth book on the subject is titled Beautiful Evidence , abbreviated below as BE.