The Functional Art: An introduction to information graphics and visualization
ISBN: 0321834739 | 2012 | EPUB | 384 pages | 16 MB
Unlike any time before in our lives, we have access to vast amounts of free information. With the right tools, we can start to make sense of all this data to see patterns and trends that would otherwise be invisible to us. By transforming numbers into graphical shapes, we allow readers to understand the stories those numbers hide. In this practical introduction to understanding and using information graphics, youll learn how to use data visualizations as tools to see beyond lists of numbers and variables and achieve new insights into the complex world around us. Regardless of the kind of data youre working with-business, science, politics, sports, or even your own personal finances-this book will show you how to use statistical charts, maps, and explanation diagrams to spot the stories in the data and learn new things from it.
Youll also get to peek into the creative process of some of the worlds most talented designers and visual journalists, including Conde Nast Travelers John Grimwade, National Geographic Magazines Fernando Baptista, The New York Times Steve Duenes, The Washington Posts Hannah Fairfield, Hans Rosling of the Gapminder Foundation, Stanfords Geoff McGhee, and European superstars Moritz Stefaner, Jan Willem Tulp, Stefanie Posavec, and Gregor Aisch. The book also includes a DVD-ROM containing over 90 minutes of video lessons that expand on core concepts explained within the book and includes even more inspirational information graphics from the worlds leading designers.
The first book to offer a broad, hands-on introduction to information graphics and visualization, The Functional Art reveals:
Why data visualization should be thought of as functional art rather than fine art
How to use color, type, and other graphic tools to make your information graphics more effective, not just better looking
The science of how our brains perceive and remember information
Best practices for creating interactive information graphics
A comprehensive look at the creative process behind successful information graphics
An extensive gallery of inspirational work from the worlds top designers and visual artists
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