Visual Explanations

Images and quantities, evidence and narrative.

Hardcover, 151 pages

English language

Published Jan. 4, 1998 by Graphic Press.

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3 stars (1 review)

Jacket design: Dmitry Krasny. Other artwork by Bonnie Scranton, Dmitry Krasny, and Weilin Wu.

Few would disagree: Life in the information age can be overwhelming. Through computers, the Internet, the media, and even our daily newspapers, we are awash in a seemingly endless stream of charts, maps, infographics, diagrams, and data. Visual Explanations is a navigational guide through this turbulent sea of information. The book is an essential reference for anyone involved in graphic, web, or multimedia design, as well as for educators and lecturers who use graphics in presentations or classes.

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3 stars

I got a lot less out of this than I did from The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, which is to say still a fair amount. I thought it was an enjoyable read nonetheless and certainly worth spending a few evenings on. The main thrust of the book seemed to be that it's important to show the reader information in a way that maximally enhances their understanding. Beyond that there's a list of examples of what to do and not do, and I'll remember those down the line when I'm looking at or making pictures.