A beautifully designed and printed book. It's filled with lessons on visual design that I find myself using professionally every day, 15 years after first reading it. Essential.
Similar in subject and tone to the first book, though there’s more discussion of mapmaking. The most important concept discussed here is small multiples, the fruitful idea that six small graphs instead of one large one can add a new layer of information and reveal large patterns in the data. I’ve personally found this the most enlightening technique to share with newcomers to information design, and it’s often the best way to break out of the prison of an unsatisfactory design solution. Tufte also discusses how to use color effectively and with restraint, and how to successively reveal a process in a linked sequence of diagrams (such as dance notation or calligraphy). I particularly liked his coverage of tabular data, from train and bus timetables to the Vietnam War Memorial. Another fine book.
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