Data Design: Visualising Quantities, Locations, Connections

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Data Design: Visualising quantities, locations, connections is a lively and comprehensive introduction to data visualisation, illustrated with 199 instructive data displays. The book is for designers, jourbanalists, editors, writers and anyone concerned with presenting factual information in a clear and effective way.

Data Design highlights the key qualities of good data visualisation: accuracy, simplicity, and clarity. In this spirit, Per Mollerup discusses information design ...

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Overview

Data Design: Visualising quantities, locations, connections is a lively and comprehensive introduction to data visualisation, illustrated with 199 instructive data displays. The book is for designers, jourbanalists, editors, writers and anyone concerned with presenting factual information in a clear and effective way.

Data Design highlights the key qualities of good data visualisation: accuracy, simplicity, and clarity. In this spirit, Per Mollerup discusses information design with great clarity. The proposed data displays are as simple as possible, and every graphic element is there to convey meaning. This book is not about data decoration.

Data Design can be read from cover to cover, but it doesn't have to be. It can also serve as a reference guide. Each of the data displays included is explained in such a way as to clarify the problems to be addressed and the method by which to address them, enabling the reader to develop the skills with which to improve their data visualisation designs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408191880
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/16/2015
  • Pages: 176

Meet the Author

Per Mollerup is Professor of Communication Design at Swinburbane University of Technology, Melbourbane, Australia. He previously edited and published Mobilia Design Magazine and Tools Design Jourbanal in Copenhagen, Denmark. From 1984–2009 he was the owner and principal of Designlab in Copenhagen, an award-winning design consultancy specialising in wayshowing and branding. He is the author of several books on design, including Marks of Excellence: The History and Taxonomy of Trademarks (1997, 2013); Collapsibles: A Design Album of Space-Saving Objects (2002); Brandbook: Branding, Feelings, Reason (2008) (in Danish); PowerNotes: Slide Presentations Reconsidered (2011) and Wayshowing>Wayfinding: Basic & Interactive (2013).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Organizing Knowledge

Field of Study
Goals
Benefits
Information Graphics
Simplicity
Milestones

Basics
Beware of Visual Displays
Research and Common Sense
Gestalt Principles of Perception
Psychological Principles
Colour
Notation
Reading Visual Displays
Choice of Display

Visualising Quantities
Variables
Pie Charts
Vertical Bar Charts
Histograms
Stem-and-leaf Plots
Horizontal Bar Charts
Divided Bar Charts
Stacked Bar Charts
Step Charts
Bubble Charts
Line Charts
Layer Charts
Radar Charts
Scatter Plots
Picture Tables
Heat Maps
Small Multiples
Don'ts

Visualising Locations

Thematic Maps
Map Scale
Map Projection
The Geographical Coordinate System
Map Orientation
Choropleth Maps
Proportional Symbol Maps
Isopleth Maps
Cartograms
Chorochromatic Maps
Dot Distribution Maps
Transit maps
You-Are-Here Maps

Visualising Connections
Trees
Decision Trees
Treemaps
Mind Maps
Positioning Maps
Timelines
Flow Charts
Concept Maps
Venn Diagrams
Carroll Diagrams
Euler Diagrams

End Matter
Sources
Index
Acknowledgements
Author Bio

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