Synopses & Reviews
This book celebrates escapes from the flatlands of both paper and computer screen, showing superb displays of high-dimensional complex data. The most design-oriented of Edward Tufte's books, Envisioning Information shows maps, charts, scientific presentations, diagrams, computer interfaces, statistical graphics and tables, stereo photographs, guidebooks, courtroom exhibits, timetables, use of color, a pop-up, and many other wonderful displays of information. The book provides practical advice about how to explain complex material by visual means, with extraordinary examples to illustrate the fundamental principles of information displays. Topics include escaping flatland, color and information, micro/macro designs, layering and separation, small multiples, and narratives. Winner of 17 awards for design and content. 400 illustrations with exquisite 6 to 12 color printing throughout. Highest quality design and production.
"Visual Explanations is the third in a series of beautifully produced books about the graphical display of data. Few books have been as widely acclaimed by so many readers working in as many fields as these have." Journal of the Americal Medical Association
"Remarkable range of examples for the idea of visual thinking with beautifully printed pages. A real treat for all who reason and learn by means of images."
"A magnificent sequel to Tufte's classic The Visual Display of Quantitative Information." American Mathematical Monthly
"An incredibly beautiful, true, refined, and luscious book."
Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi
"Keep this book with the few others that you'll pass on to the next generation. It is a passionate, elegant revelation of how to render the 3 dimensions of experience into the 2 dimensions of paper and screen. As in his other books, Tufte is promoting a new standard of visual literacy. Immaculately printed in 23 colors, this book is a lyrical primer of design strategies for reading and creating messages in 'flatland.' No other book has been so highly recommended to us by so many different varieties of professionals -- architects, teachers, technicians, hackers, and artists."
Kevin Kelly, Whole Earth Review
Includes bibliographical references and index.
About the Author
Edward Tufte is Professor Emeritus at Yale University, where he taught courses in statistical evidence, information design, and interface design. His books include Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities
; Evidence and Narrative
, Envisioning Information
, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
, Political Control of the Economy
, Data Analysis for Politics and Policy
, and Size and Democracy
(with Robert A. Dahl).
He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has received honarary doctorates from the Cooper Union, Connecticut College, St. Joseph's College, Maryland Art Institute, Minnesota College of Art, and Willims College.
Envisioning Information has received 14 awards for content and design, including the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science and "Best Graphic Design of the Year" from International Design.