Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts

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418 pages

Book Description

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 , 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 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.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: On Beauty
Chapter Two: Once Upon a Stacked Time Series
Chapter Three: Wordle
Chapter Four: Color: The Cinderella of Data Visualization
Chapter Five: Mapping Information: Redesigning the New York City Subway Map
Chapter Six: Flight Patterns: A Deep Dive
Chapter Seven: Your Choices Reveal Who You Are: Mining and Visualizing
Chapter Eight: Visualizing the U.S. Senate Social (1991–2009)
Chapter Nine: The Big Picture:
Chapter Ten: Finding Beautiful Insights in the Chaos of Social Visualizations
Chapter Eleven: Beautiful History: Visualizing Wikipedia
Chapter Twelve: Turning a Table into a Tree: Growing Parallel Sets into a Purposeful
Chapter Thirteen: The Design of “X by Y”
Chapter Fourteen: Revealing Matrices
Chapter Fifteen: This Was 1994:
Chapter Sixteen: A Day in the Life of the New York Times
Chapter Seventeen: Immersed in Unfolding Complex
Chapter Eighteen: Postmortem Visualization:
Chapter Nineteen: Animation for Visualization: Opportunities and Drawbacks
Chapter Twenty: Visualization: Indexed.

Book Details

  • Title: Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts
  • Length: 418 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2010-07-01
  • ISBN-10: 1449379869
  • ISBN-13: 9781449379865
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