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Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data Through the Eyes of Expertsby Julie Steele
Synopses & Reviews
Visualization is the graphic presentation of data — portrayals meant to reveal complex information at a glance. Think of the familiar map of the New York City subway system, or a diagram of the human brain. Successful visualizations are beautiful not only for their aesthetic design, but also for elegant layers of detail that efficiently generate insight and new understanding.
This book examines the methods of two dozen visualization experts who approach their projects from a variety of perspectives — as artists, designers, commentators, scientists, analysts, statisticians, and more. Together they demonstrate how visualization can help us make sense of the world.
Nick Bilton,Michael E. Driscoll,Jonathan Feinberg,Danyel Fisher,Jessica Hagy,Gregor Hochmuth,Todd Holloway,Noah Iliinsky,Eddie Jabbour,Valdean Klump,Aaron Koblin,Robert Kosara,Valdis Krebs,JoAnn Kuchera-Morin et al.,Andrew Odewahn,Adam Perer,Anders Persson,Maximilian Schich,Matthias Shapiro,Julie Steele,Moritz Stefaner,Jer Thorp,Fernanda Viegas,Martin Wattenberg,and Michael Young.
Book News Annotation:
This collection of twenty articles on data presentation and visualization presents a diverse discussion of the nexus of information and art in the digital medium. Beginning with an opening essay on beauty the work showcases several interesting projects and practices such as interactive visualization, Wordle, color and data graphics, New York City subway maps, flight patterns, visualizing Wikipedia, matrices and unfolding complex systems. The volume includes numerous color illustrations and code examples for parsing data and creating visualizations and access to additional online content is provided. Contributors include academics and professionals in the fields of computer science, media arts and technology. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With contributions from more than two dozen visualization experts, Beautiful Visualization demonstrates how images can help you both detect and explain patterns. From a familiar map of the New York City subway system to a never-before-seen diagram of the human brain, this book will take you behind the scenes of cutting-edge design projects that depict the world around us in new ways.
Contributors include Gregor Hochmuth, Todd Holloway, Jonathan Feinberg, Andrew Vande Moere, Maximilian Schich, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Michael E Driscoll, Matthias Shapiro, Valdis Krebs, Jer Thorp, Moritz Stefaner, and many more. Learn how sound can be combined with images to enhance the process of scientific inquiry See the connections between various U.S. senators and their recent voting decisions Understand how the books people choose to buy online tell us what social groups they are part of Learn how color reveals higher dimensions of data Explore the non-intuitive structures in curated databases
About the Author
Julie Steele is an Editor at O'Reilly currently working on titles related to Python, SQL, PHP, web frameworks and CMS, databases (relational and non-relational), big data and cloud computing, and data visualization. She's also interested in data transparency and open government, and recently completed a master's degree in political science at Rutgers University.
Noah Illinsky has spent the last several years thinking about effective approaches to creating diagrams and other types of information visualization. He also works in interface and interaction design, all from a functional and user-centered perspective. Before becoming a designer he was a programmer for several years. He has a master's in Technical Communication from the University of Washington, and a bachelor's in Physics from Reed College.
Table of Contents
Preface Chapter 1: On Beauty Chapter 2: Once Upon a Stacked Time Series Chapter 3: Wordle Chapter 4: Color: The Cinderella of Data Visualization Chapter 5: Mapping Information: Redesigning the New York City Subway Map Chapter 6: Flight Patterns: A Deep Dive Chapter 7: Your Choices Reveal Who You Are: Mining and Visualizing Social Patterns Chapter 8: Visualizing the U.S. Senate Social Graph (1991-2009) Chapter 9: The Big Picture: Search and Discovery Chapter 10: Finding Beautiful Insights in the Chaos of Social Network Visualizations Chapter 11: Beautiful History: Visualizing Wikipedia Chapter 12: Turning a Table into a Tree: Growing Parallel Sets into a Purposeful Project Chapter 13: The Design of "X by Y" Chapter 14: Revealing Matrices Chapter 15: This Was 1994: Data Exploration with the NYTimes Article Search API Chapter 16: A Day in the Life of the New York Times Chapter 17: Immersed in Unfolding Complex Systems Chapter 18: Postmortem Visualization: The Real Gold Standard Chapter 19: Animation for Visualization: Opportunities and Drawbacks Chapter 20: Visualization: Indexed. Contributors Colophon
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