I had a dream about The Visual Display of Quantitative Information last night. This isn't a normal occurrence. What was most surprising, however, was that in addition to telling a coworker the title and author of the book, I also proceeded to accurately explain the book's main premise. I even had some visual aids to help sell the argument.
I took all of this as a sign that I should add it as a featured book, even though I read it back in September. Visual Display provides the reader with a clear, concise understanding of what it means to create high quality data graphics, and the best way to go about doing so. I understand you might want to fall asleep even reading this brief description but trust me, it's fascinating. Not only does it provide you with an actual set of tools to use if you are creating your own data graphics but it also gives examples that range from fascinating and beautiful to, literally, life saving.
Every subject deserves a treatment as loving and engaging as data graphics receive in Visual Display, and you should read them. Since I don't know of any other subjects that do receive this treatment, you should start with this one, even if you don't care about data graphics (I can only assume such people exist, crazy as that sounds).
“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” (9).