28 April 2012

"Visual Explanations" by Edward R. Tufte

This book is full of ideas and concepts about displaying information in a visual manner. Tufte includes ideas on displaying data over time in a single composite, multiple steps and tracking data over time including general methods and techniques for presenting information in such a way as to remove the need for narrative.

Interesting tidbit: At the start of the book, Tufte rips into the space shuttle Challenger accident and the horrible data presentation. He wrote an entire follow up essay on the sinful nature of PowerPoint and how poorly it communicates information.

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