Data Design: Visualising Quantities, Locations, Connections

Overview

Data Design: Visualising Quantities, Locations, Connections is a beautifully designed, highly practical guide to the graphic representation of quantities, locations, connections and other forms of data, founded on solid design principles.

Easy to understand, the book has been created to assist designers, researchers, and writers in expressing visually through points, lines, and areas that which by words, letters, and numbers alone often have difficulty communicating. It ...

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Overview

Data Design: Visualising Quantities, Locations, Connections is a beautifully designed, highly practical guide to the graphic representation of quantities, locations, connections and other forms of data, founded on solid design principles.

Easy to understand, the book has been created to assist designers, researchers, and writers in expressing visually through points, lines, and areas that which by words, letters, and numbers alone often have difficulty communicating. It describes problems, principles, and solutions for the visual display of information, and presents real-world didactic examples, taken from, for example, the Financial Times and the Wall Street Jourbanal.

The book's theoretical basis is strong, but not at the expense of clarity; readers will understand both what to do and why. After a number of introductory chapters that describe what is common to all types of visual displays, the book continues with three main parts that deal with displays showing quantities, locations, and connections.

Data Design is an essential guide to how data can, and should be, presented in order to effortlessly communicate information with clarity, elegance and style. Highly illustrated and with beautiful simplicity, Data Design is an indispensable guide to the clear and effective presentation of information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408191873
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/4/2015
  • Pages: 176

Meet the Author

Per Mollerup is Professor of Communication Design at Swinburbane University of Technology, Melbourbane, Australia. His previous positions include Professor in Design, Olso National Academy of the Arts, Olso and Managing Director of Deisgnlab A/S, a creative design studio. He is the author of several books on design.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Organizing knowledge
Goals
Benefits
Information graphics
Simplicity
Historical snapshots
Beware of visual displays

Basics
Research and common sense
Gestalt principles of perception
Psychological principles
Colour
Notation
Reading visual displays
Choice of display

Quantities
Intro
Variables
Pie charts
Vertical bar charts
Horizontal bar charts
Divided bar charts
Stacked bar charts
Step charts
Line charts
Layer charts
Radar charts
Scatter plots
Picture tables
Isotype

Locations
Intro
Geographical maps
Thematic maps
Map scale
Map projection
The geographical coordinate system
Map orientation
Map symbols
Visual variables
Map generalization
The process of map making
Choropleth maps
Isopleth maps
Contour line maps
Cartograms
You-Are-Here maps
Transit maps

Connections
Intro
Trees / Mind maps
Positioning maps
Timelines
Flow charts
Concept maps
Venn diagrams / Carroll diagrams
Euler diagrams

Definitions

Index

Sources

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