Beautiful Visualization
Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: April 2010
Pages: 418

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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Beautiful Case Studies

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  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Not comprehensive enough

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  • Intermediate

Comments about O'Reilly Media Beautiful Visualization:

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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Code samples

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  • Easy to understand
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  • Well-written

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    Comments about O'Reilly Media Beautiful Visualization:

    It's great book, but where are the code samples?

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    Low quality PDF E-book graphics

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    I just purchased this as a PDF after receiving a promotional email. I've thumbed through the printed book in the bookstore, and I remember it as a fairly slick-looking volume. I was disappointed to open the PDF and find it rendered with mostly low-quality graphical figures... many so grainy they aren't even legible. I expected more from a book about visualization. Bandwidth and disc space are cheap[...]

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