This synopsis will contain spoilers!
Part I Graphical Practice
The first part is broken up into three chapters:
1 Graphical Excellence, in which Tufte provides examples of excellent graphics, and details on why they are excellent.
2 Graphical Integrity, which discusses graphics that lie.
3 Sources of Graphical Integrity and Sophistication.
Part II Theory of Data Graphics
This part goes into the more detailed theory of actually creating good Data Graphics. I will list the chapter titles:
4 Data-Ink and Graphical Redesign
5 Chartjunk: Vibrations, Grids, and Ducks
6 Data-Ink Maximization and Graphical Design
7 Multifunctioning Graphical Elements
8 Data Density and Small Multiples
9 Aesthetics and Technique in Data Graphical Design
Epilogue: Designs for the Display of Information
It would be easy to look at the title of this book, and the subject material, and to brush it off as a dry, niche subject that would only be …- Sept. 10, 2009