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Segunda-feira, 25 de Outubro de 2010
Notes on "Visual Explanations"

 

Visual Explanations, by Edward Tufte.

 

As once published by The New York Times, this book is "the Leonardo da Vinci of data". Indeed, it's a gorgeous compendium os beautifully illustrated examples of good design practices and visualization patterns. From John Snow's cholera epidemic discovering to the concepts of graphic parallelism, Tufte exposes the very foundations of graphic excelence in visualization.

 

The book begins with a brilliant assumption, "the world is multivariate", as a new statistical paradigm arises from a deprecated mono-dimensional system. Now pretty much everything has several variables and several dimensions. Luckily Tufte explains how to squeeze them into a graphical representation, using three theories:

 

 

 

All the page-peeling exploratory tutorials, the illustrations and the theories behing good practices make this book look like a manual for visual designers and overall enthusiasts. Well, I must admit it fulfills it's role pretty damn well :)

 




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