Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts

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Visualization is the graphic presentation of data ? portrayals meant to reveal complex information at a glance. Think of the familiar map of the New York City subway system, or a diagram of the human brain. Successful visualizations are beautiful not only for their aesthetic design, but also for elegant layers of detail that efficiently generate insight and new understanding.

This book examines the methods of two dozen visualization experts who approach their projects from a ...

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Overview

Visualization is the graphic presentation of data — portrayals meant to reveal complex information at a glance. Think of the familiar map of the New York City subway system, or a diagram of the human brain. Successful visualizations are beautiful not only for their aesthetic design, but also for elegant layers of detail that efficiently generate insight and new understanding.

This book examines the methods of two dozen visualization experts who approach their projects from a variety of perspectives — as artists, designers, commentators, scientists, analysts, statisticians, and more. Together they demonstrate how visualization can help us make sense of the world.

  • Explore the importance of storytelling with a simple visualization exercise
  • Learn how color conveys information that our brains recognize before we're fully aware of it
  • Discover how the books we buy and the people we associate with reveal clues to our deeper selves
  • Recognize a method to the madness of air travel with a visualization of civilian air traffic
  • Find out how researchers investigate unknown phenomena, from initial sketches to published papers

Contributors include:

Nick Bilton,Michael E. Driscoll,Jonathan Feinberg,Danyel Fisher,Jessica Hagy,Gregor Hochmuth,Todd Holloway,Noah Iliinsky,Eddie Jabbour,Valdean Klump,Aaron Koblin,Robert Kosara,Valdis Krebs,JoAnn Kuchera-Morin et al.,Andrew Odewahn,Adam Perer,Anders Persson,Maximilian Schich,Matthias Shapiro,Julie Steele,Moritz Stefaner,Jer Thorp,Fernanda Viegas,Martin Wattenberg,and Michael Young.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449379865
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/25/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 397
  • Sales rank: 517,257
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Steele is an Editor at O'Reilly currently working on titles related to Python, SQL, PHP, web frameworks and CMS, databases (relational and non-relational), big data and cloud computing, and data visualization. She's also interested in data transparency and open government, and recently completed a master's degree in political science at Rutgers University.

Noah Illinsky has spent the last several years thinking about effective approaches to creating diagrams and other types of information visualization. He also works in interface and interaction design, all from a functional and user-centered perspective. Before becoming a designer he was a programmer for several years. He has a master's in Technical Communication from the University of Washington, and a bachelor's in Physics from Reed College.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: On Beauty

Chapter 2: Once Upon a Stacked Time Series

Chapter 3: Wordle

Chapter 4: Color: The Cinderella of Data Visualization

Chapter 5: Mapping Information: Redesigning the New York City Subway Map

Chapter 6: Flight Patterns: A Deep Dive

Chapter 7: Your Choices Reveal Who You Are: Mining and Visualizing Social Patterns

Chapter 8: Visualizing the U.S. Senate Social Graph (1991–2009)

Chapter 9: The Big Picture: Search and Discovery

Chapter 10: Finding Beautiful Insights in the Chaos of Social Network Visualizations

Chapter 11: Beautiful History: Visualizing Wikipedia

Chapter 12: Turning a Table into a Tree: Growing Parallel Sets into a Purposeful Project

Chapter 13: The Design of "X by Y"

Chapter 14: Revealing Matrices

Chapter 15: This Was 1994: Data Exploration with the NYTimes Article Search API

Chapter 16: A Day in the Life of the New York Times

Chapter 17: Immersed in Unfolding Complex Systems

Chapter 18: Postmortem Visualization: The Real Gold Standard

Chapter 19: Animation for Visualization: Opportunities and Drawbacks

Chapter 20: Visualization: Indexed.

Contributors

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Beautiful Case-Studies

    Consisting of a wide variety visualization examples, edited together to give a consisent impression of helpful methodology in turning data into pictures. This is a good theoretical book, filled with hands on examples, and concrete aspects of what data visualization ends up looking like in the field.

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