Edward R. Tufte Envisioning Information. The Problem. The problem is that of presenting large amounts of information in a way that is compact, accurate. Nathan R. Prestopnik, Information spaces as interactive worlds, Proceedings of John W. Stamey, Jr., Thomas L. Honeycutt, Simon Blanchard, Edward tufte. LibraryThing Review. User Review – Christina_E_Mitchell – LibraryThing. I began reading Tuft’s graphic information series in an attempt to thwart and destroy the.

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I kept hoping these books would give themselves, but Tufte wants his readers to work for it rather than immerse themselves in it. Just as the incomprehensible double-speak of bureaucrats and lawyers creeps into our daily speech, envisionning language and casting stumbling blocks before us, so does the thoughtless emulation of Bauhaus-inspired corporate graphic design dilute and deaden graphic communication.

Envisioning Information

In this he refers to the 19th century book Innformation, which presents a universe in which the residents can conceive more than two dimensions only with difficulty. Add to that the difficulties that the interfaces tend to be outdated, running on computers that are old, and that projects tend to be “stovepiped”, and there is a critical problem in trying to get information clearly and meaningfully to my “clients”.

So when Tufte was brought up in the book club I was happy to push for this one that I hadn’t had a chance to read as thoroughly as I would have liked.


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The celebrated design professor here tackles the question of how best to communicate real-life experience in a two-degree format, whether on the printed informayion or the computer screen. Charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, guides, instructions, directories and maps should not look as though they were conveying a single gulp of information as simplistically as possible.

Simplicity does not create clarity by itself. Amazon Giveaway allows you to eward promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. I think I’ve understood everything Tufte wanted to say but I really wish he said it in some other way.

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Books by Edward R. I also enjoyed Tufte’s wide-ranging sources of inspiration, from Galileo to Italo Calvino.

He is an expert in the presentation of informational graphics such as charts and diagrams, and is a fellow of the American Statistical Association. As it was, it was a bunch of neat diagrams, but the text lacked sufficient depth.

For his exposition of these unusual nuggets of wisdom alone, I would recommend the book. The book was written in and lacks any description of information design for the web save for a few descriptions of color and graphical interfaces.

In the first six pages alone he jumps from a Japanese shrine map, the shed skin of a toad, alternate designs for the periodic table, examples of three-dimensional representation, orreries, and stereoscopic images. Less, my tuftee, is often only less. As a result of its pervasive internationalism, we have come to accept pared-down representations of almost everything.


May 25, Andrew Dale rated it really liked it. Great, but how did that designer know to do that? Their philosophies encouraged excess in the directions of romanticism and ornamentation.

Envisioning Information by Edward R. Tufte

Apr 11, Mister rated it liked it. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Edward Tufte is one of the most elegant designers of information alive today, the The book led was one of the most informaton books that I’ve every read. Clarity and simplicity are the complete opposite of simple-mindedness. The goal is to make the data more accessible to a human, allowing them to gain insights from the information. Internet Archive Open Library which works in partnership with public libraries: This book and other Tufte books are fundamental.

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