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, journalists, 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, journalists, 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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This book is intelligent and wise, clear and beautiful, stimulating and useful. It distills and presents in one place a mountain of research results and tried-and-true best practices. It is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in visual communication.

I love the economy of expression in Per Mollerup's writing. He applies the classic Danish design approach (modern but human) to the explanation of design, isolating the essence of a topic, then explaining it simply. This book joins his seminal 'Wayshowing' as an essential text.

With the key words communicate, record and understand, Mollerup guides the reader in how to design complex data to facilitate the interpretation act. Generous well-designed visualizations and explanations work together as useful guidelines for anyone that frequently presents quantities, locations and connections.

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Product Details

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

Meet the Author


Born 1942Doctor of Technology, Lund University, Sweden, 1997Master of Business Administration, Aarhus School of Business, Denmark, 1968 Professor of Communication Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, 2009-Professor in design, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, 2006-2009 Managing Director of Designlab A/S, Copenhagen, 1984-Editor and publisher of Tools Design Journal, 1984-1988Editor and publisher of Mobilia Design Magazine, 1974-1984 Recipient of several prizes and grantsHonorary member of Estonian Association of DesignersPresident Elect, IIID International Institute of Information DesignMember of the Advisory Board of Information Design JournalMember of the International Advisory Board of MSc Course Traffic & Transport Information design, IIID / FH St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences, Austria National Chairman 1988-1993 The Danish Society of Book Crafts
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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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