The Visual Display of Quantitative Information


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This work is better summarized with a brief description of the chapter titles rather than delving into the specifics Tufte gives. The work is concise, and easy to reference, and summarizing it in that light feels pointless.

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


The Visual Display of Quantitative Information - Hardcover

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"Furthermore, of all the methods for analyzing and communicating statistical information, well-designed data graphics are usually the simplest and at the same time the most powerful."

Edward R. Tufte in The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

"Excellence in statistical graphics consists of complex ideas communicated with clarity, precision, and efficiency."

Edward R. Tufte the First Line of The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

"Not the complication of the simple; rather the task of the designer is to give visual access to the subtle and the difficult - that is, the revelation of the complex."

Edward R. Tufte the Last Line of in The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

Originally Published Jan. 1, 2001

Hardcover edition:

191 pages - Aug. 1, 2007

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