Visual Explanations: Images and
Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative is about pictures of
verbs, the representation of mechanism and motion, process and dynamics, causes and
effects, explanation and narrative. Practical applications and examples include statistical
graphics, charts for making important decisions in engineering and medicine, technical
manuals, diagrams, design of computer interfaces and websites and on-line manuals,
animations and scientific visualizations, techniques for talks, and design strategies for
enhancing the rate of information transfer in print, presentations, and computer screens.
The use of visual evidence in deciding to launch the space shuttle Challenger is discussed
in careful detail. Video snapshots show redesigns of a supercomputer animation of a
thunderstorm. The book is designed and printed to the highest standards, with luscious
color throughout and four built-in flaps for showing motion and before/after effects.
"The Leonardo da Vinci of data."
NEW YORK TIMES
"There's a book that you simply must see. Riveting ideas on how to tell compelling stories of cause and effect using numbers and images." WASHINGTON POST
"Few teachers are as accomplished as Edward Tufte when it comes to showing why good design matters in the world. His latest book is a knockout. Straightforward, witty, compelling, packed with vivid examples." WIRED
"If this book were a house, it would have been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright." ONLINE