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The visual display of quantitative information
Tufte, Edward R., 1942-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Cheshire, Conn. : Graphics Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
197 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Graphical practice -- Graphical excellence -- Graphical integrity -- Sources of graphical integrity and sophistication -- Theory of data graphics -- Data-ink and graphical redesign -- Chartjunk: vibrations, grids, and ducks -- Data-ink maximization and graphical design -- Multifunctioning graphical elements -- Data density and small multiples -- Aesthetics and technique in data graphical design -- Epilogue: Designs for the display of information.
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Central Library QA276.3 .T83 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
Central Library QA276.3 .T83 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The first edition of Tufte's now classic text on the design of statistical graphics was published in 1983. Tufte published it himself with the help of a second mortgage in order to have complete control over the book's design, which he wanted to reflect the intellectual principles put forth in its contents. That edition saw 17 reprintings. This second edition provides high-resolution color reproduction of William Playfair's many graphics, adds color to other images, and includes all the changes and corrections accumulated since the first edition publication. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Author Notes

Edward Tufte is Professor Emeritus at Yale University where he taught courses in statistical evidence and information design. He also served as Professor of Public Affairs at Princeton University

Table of Contents

Part I Graphical Practice
1 Graphical Excellencep. 13
2 Graphical Integrityp. 53
3 Sources of Graphical Integrity and Sophisticationp. 79
Part II Theory of Data Graphics
4 Data-Ink and Graphical Redesignp. 91
5 Chartjunk: Vibrations, Grids, and Ducksp. 107
6 Data-Ink Maximization and Graphical Designp. 123
7 Multifunctioning Graphical Elementsp. 139
8 Data Density and Small Multiplesp. 161
9 Aesthetics and Technique in Data Graphical Designp. 177
Epilogue: Designs for the Display of Informationp. 191

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