Although originally ublished in 1983 when A Spring Betrayal professional graphics artistsrepared most of the charts and graphs used in resentations and official ublications 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 Dear Austin: Letters from the Underground Railroad presentations had to be approved by two levels of management then submitted to the graphics shop at least a week before they were to be used and what came back was an inter office envelope full of transparencies to be shown on an overheadrojector We have come a long way since then but You're The Only Star (In My Blue Heaven): Popular Standard; Single Songbook powerful graphics software has not necessarily improved our ability to get the message across in an understandable and informative wayTufte starts with some history of the statistical graph It took a long time foreople to make the conceptual leap from a uantity to an abstract visual representation of that uantity as a line or a bar Kissing Another Grimaldi (Bovaghnian Rogues positioned between several axes The first charts were derived from maps but maps had existed for five thousand years before charts and graphs appeared in the 1700sBy the 20th century newspapers magazines and business and governmentublications all included graphics but they were often done ineptly because they were created by artists not the Romanticism and the Rise of English people who understood the data At the core of thereoccupation with deceptive graphics was the assumption that data graphics were mainly devices for showing the obvious to the ignorant Out of the Shoebox: An Autobiographic Mystery p 53 The book has many egregiously bad examples some of which appeared to be deliberately deceptive such as hiding a business loss by making the y axis start below zero and some just incompetently done apparently by graphics artists who wanted to make aretty Justin - Geliebter Kater 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 mustep up animate and all too often exaggerate what evidence there is in the data Numbers: The Universal Language p 79The book s value comes from the fact that Tufte has a number of specific recommendations for how toresent data and he 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 owerful image telling the dramatic story of an army withering away on the march to and from Moscow It manages to lot multiple variables on a two dimensional age 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 horizontal breaks show where the train is stopped at a station the x axis shows the time of the trip at start finish and oints along the way and the y axis the towns the train An Atheist and a Christian Walk Into a Bar: Talking about God, the Universe, and Everything passes through A great deal of information isacked into a simple easy to read image The train schedules Ella's First Exam: A Medical Exam Fiction (Ella's Exams Book 1) put out by Amtrak today are far less intuitive and informativeTufte s recommendations boil down one word simplify He coined the word chartjunk and recommendsaring everything down to its essentials His "fundamental recepts areFive rinciples in the theory of data graphics roduce substantial Changes In Graphical Design The in graphical design The apply "precepts areFive rinciples in the theory of data graphics Aunt Jane's Nieces produce substantial changes in graphical design Therinciples apply 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 resentation filled with clipart with animated dancing whatevers with unnecessary three dimensional charts
And Distracting Bright Colors I Concluded That distracting bright colors I concluded that resenter was either an idiot or was actively trying to hide something the viewer wasn t supposed to notice Subseuent events usually roved me rightIf there is one thing that Tufte hates above all else it is the ie chart the only worse design than a Beneath the Moors and Darker Places pie chart is several of them for then the viewer is asked to compare uantities located in spatial disarray both within and betweenies Lascia che sia felice p178 Since they only display a small number of dataoints anyway you are better off making a simple number chartThis book is worth reading and will make you think about how to best This Beats Working for a Living: The Dark Secrets of a College Professor present your information Some of the examples herovides are old including a couple that were certainly created on ancient dot matrix We'll Make It Through printers but his advice remains excellent For those interested in his additional ideas about graphicsresentation he also wrote Envisioning Information 1990 and Visual Explanations Images and uantities Evidence and Narrative 1997 Well 3 12 stars really but GoodReads won t The Silent Earth: The Complete Trilogy permit that Don t let the horrifically dull title fool you Edward Tufte knows a thing or two about chart design to say the least he s built a second career on this obsession Think this is dull stuff Ha and again I say 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 toroduce everything from the liner notes to Mink Car to the flash animations embedded on No to their website TMBGcomAnd Tufte s book has its share of worthwhile Aha moments as well Take this snippet from 20 which follows six maps of the continental US depicting various types of cancer over a 19 year eriod by age sex and county Tufte oints out the clarity and key moments of interest in the various images such as death rates in areas where you have lived and then critiues The maps repay careful study Notice how uickly and naturally our attention has been directed toward exploring the substantive content of the data rather than toward uestions of methodology and techniue Nonetheless the maps do have their flaws They wrongly euate the visual importance of each county with its geographic area rather than with the number of eople 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 roblem afflicting shaded in area designs. The classic book on statistical graphics charts tables Theory and ractice in the design of data graphics 250 illustrations of the best and a few of the worst statistical graphics with detailed analysis of how to display data for recise effective uick analysis Design of the high resolution. .
Of such blot maps or The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 patch maps He goes on to further dissect theresentation and the foundational data in a way that I would never have dreamed of Talk about your The National Debt: A Short History perfectionists these map examples were drawn by himAt any rate this book is all about comprehensible usable design and Tufte even designed it for maximum impact Its slim girth a mere 190ages is chock full of historic 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 have discovered that Tufte has managed to Rites, Rights and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia's Black Pacific produce at least three disparate volumesHowever I ve since learned that Tufte has some serious and seriously earned followers Just last week on the theory of in for aenny in for a ound I attended a rogram on improving data analytics and was ulled aside at the end by one of the organizers who spotted my copy of The Visual Display An important book he sagely nodded You should have them all But check out Steven Few s erceptualedgecom he continued That s where the rubber really meets the roadOkay fine leave me alone I swear that I ll never look at another ie chart again just don t make me give up my dependence on the color copier Edward Tufte is brilliant His books including this one are artwork disguised as a textbook The urpose of all three is to explain both good and bad ways of explaining information but they are so much than that There is a rich history interwoven in the books Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde pages The examples are so interesting that I found myself learning than just how to convey information For example one of the best graphics for conveying information ever made is a chartmap tracking Napoleon Bonaparte s army s march across Europe which is so impressive it s difficult to describe The graph includes information about army size location and timeline in a very readable straightforwd and yet still beautiful way I was fortunate enough to attend one of his seminars after I was already a fan my workaid for it and I got to keep the books which delves into all of his texts I highly recommend it because he synthesizes the information beautifully and succinctly and you get all of his books and Karneval, Vol. 4 publications inrint If you can t make the seminar no I do not get any kickbacks The Hiding Place promise the books are rather complex but they are absolutely stunning and make fascinating reading 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 canonizedrinciplesThe only art I really disagreed with was the beginning of chapter 6 wherein the author roposes revising the box lot design by reducing it to a mere oint 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 this is The Elephants Journey preferable because it eliminates all non data ink I would counter that the box aspect of the boxlot is crucial to understanding the data at a glance and that the white space makes interpretation harder on the reader H 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 simply have never realized the Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' 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 b The book led was one of the most enlightening books that I ve every read I ve always had aenchant for using numbers images and heuristics to explain and began taking Edward Tufte s courses when the opportunity arose starting in 1998 He held them in hotel ballrooms throughout the United States and 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 to his hilosophy of the visual articulation of facts figures and abstract concepts This book as well as rofessor Tufte s academic Changing Face of the Hero publishing 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 ofolitical elections on Fox News and the historical statistics of hurricanes ut forth on Weather Channel all of this traces its heritage back to Edward Tufte and "His Award Winning Books If "award winning books If want to escape the two dimensional hell of explanation that is the improper use of Powerpoint this books and its two companions rovide safe StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story passage to theromised land of clear robust graphical discourses of complex ideas When I started secondary school I was mildly apprehensive about It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life physics an unfamiliar word that elicited an actual shudder from my mother Fortunately my elderly teacher had an infectious affection for his subject I remember that he noticed me examining the monthly night sky chartinned to the classroom door and thereafter would rint off an extra copy specially and wordlessly hand it to me if he 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 oetic but confusing article telling me that it was about among other things not being able to Pure Chance 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 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 levelractical I guess in those days secondary school wasn t all OMG exam in 5 years PANIC and our homework was to write it up When I had finished it I must have shown my Dad as he asked why there was no graph We weren t told to draw a graph I replied But graphs are wonderful he said Let s draw one anyway and he showed me how Our graph which is The Lady and the Lionheart probably still in myarents attic somewhere lotted length of endulum *against swing time which unfortunately yields an exponential curve that s hard to work with You can when * swing time which unfortunately yields an exponential curve that s hard to work with You can when do the experiment at A level linearise the graph s euation by lotting the suare of the time eriod and then the gradient tells us little g the strength of the Earth s gravitational field Neat ehI have taught science for a few years now and I could not have failed to notice that many kids hate graphs and 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. Raph drawing It is unuestionably hard work and needs an understanding of numbers and design logic I m lucky that I got an undeserved merit for drawing an unsolicited graph in my first month of high school because since that day I ve been totally freaky for a nice chart these two Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church pictures are from my own lab book not the text This review is dedicated to my Dad Tufte really loves data This book has an informative accurate but kinda DRY title I would have called itSHOW US THE DATAuhhhh uhhhh I ve made a mistake Tufte says thinking data is boring leads to bad lying graphs If your data is boring why are you evenresenting it He is crisply derisive of the idea that data needs graphically sexing up to be understood As Freire tells usTRUST YOUR AUDIENCETufte bemoans that graphs are designed and drawn by folks trained as artists rather than folks trained in the relevant mathematics Graphical competence demands three uite different skills the substantive statistical and artistic Allowing artist illustrators to control the design and content of statistical graphics is almost like allowing typographers to control the content style and editing of A (kinda) Country Christmas prose Don t decorate the data REVEAL ITBad graphics also lack integrity Intead of SHOWING THE DATA they distort it usually for someolitical end There are LOTS of examplesAnd here is a modern example I couldn t resist adding XDHowever the concern with graphical integrity has often not helped It tends to encourage the general dislike of graphs and the tendency for ublications to dumb them down Tufte oints out that while graphical sophistication is usually low in news ublications journals and text books the text sophistication is high sometimes reuiring expert knowledgeMany data sets are better resented in a well organised table than in a drawing Tufte follows this National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 principle inresenting data on graphical sophistication and data density and in showing his commissioned designs One super table is far better than a hundred little bar chartsOh and for the love of all that is good follow da Vinci and ut the damn chart next to the text or better nested cosily inside None of this see fig 2 Tufte radically redesigns the histogram and the scatter lot to remove distractions and non data ink moving towards clarity data density and design grace I won t spoil As for the Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism pie keep it in the kitchen andut Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory pumpkin in itie charts should never be used There is Charming the Firefighter plenty of graphorn for us chart junkies as opposed to chart junk which is definitely out Tufte s favourite is Charles Joseph Minard s extremely famous infographic of Napoleon s army attempting to invade Russia in 1812 1813 He loves it so much it s reprinted four timesBut there are all sorts of lovely maps and charts for your graphical delectationDebunking the junk is what Ed is here for and the leasure of the text is in the ARID humour he deploys and the way he trusts the reader to be a fellow smarty ants In of a folks are smart way not an elitist you and me are smart way I was laughing When a uoted designer says he s all about conveying the essential spirit of the data Tufte has got me Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales primed Fool NO Show me the DATA not its essence and not its spirit If you work with data if you draw graphics if you look at graphics if you re interested inolitics economics geography or science if you like maths art design truth beauty loveread this One sentence summaryThe graphical analogue of Elements of Style obvious avoid junk useless contradictory and wrongDon t understand the hype about this
it s super refers mainly to hand drawn ish charts and considering most of use standard tools to create our visualizations not sure how we re supposed to actually implement his suggestions and a lot of the advice and good examples Marey s train schedule Come on are horrible and even contradictory at one oint he bemoans Chernoff faces and later exhibits them in an exemplarIgnore Part 1 the first three chapters entirely Skim "The RestTwo Principles1 Maximize "restTwo rinciples1 Maximize ink ratio2 Avoid chartjunk eg moire grids and ducksApply these two rinciples1 Redesign box lot not sure if I agree though the redesigned bo People have 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 rinciples which should be common sense so well that they have appearance to be common sense 25 stars I read this book because 1 as a scientist I care a lot about visualizing information in ways that are both meaningful and attractive and 2 this book is hailed 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 ick it up from the library I m glad that I didn t buy it There are some Hitler's First War: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War positives a few inspiring examples of creativerecise 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 heavy handed and ugly are also useful to think about and are occasionally very funny I also liked how it touched on the history and evolution of different types of graphs However a major flaw is the lack of thought that was ut into the writing Many of the axioms that Tufte roposes for graphics could eually well apply to writing For example don t Žemyn galva į Australiją patronize your audience and don t waste ink on non information Tufte unfortunately goes against both theserinciples with his disdainful verbose tone A great deal of verbiage and jargon could be stripped away to yield a text with much higher information density to use his own term The advice resented is reasonable but much of it is just common sense for anyone who s aid a little attention to elementary mathstatistics or who simply takes the time to look at graphs and think about how they could be improved He also contradicts his own advice about Último asalto providing adeuate explanation forlots by offering zero explanation for Several Plots That Are Nearly plots that are nearly beyond saying this is great or this is silly His attitude towards artists is especially belittling I was hoping for a thoughtful take on the balance between beauty and Fear (Tricycle Teachings practicality in graphic design All in all I think this the book has some smartoints and good images but not uite enough to warrant its I Only Say This Because I Love You: How the Way We Talk Can Make or Break Family Relationships Throughout Our Lives position on aedestal. On of The Visual Display of uantitative Information Recently ublished this new edition rovides 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 Conta and Boehme Porcelain Identification and Value Guide printings of the first editio.Book It S Super