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Data Flow: Visualising Information in Graphic Design

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More and more information is being visualised. Diagrams, data and information graphics are utilised wherever increasingly complex elements are present, whether it is in magazines, non-fiction books or business reports, packages or exhibition designs. Data Flow presents an abundant range of possibilities in visualising data and information. Today, diagrams are being applied ...more
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Dgv
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Eric Phetteplace
Aug 02, 2010 Eric Phetteplace rated it really liked it
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A little more effort by the editors could have made this an outstanding, jaw-dropping book full not only of visual but also informational beauty. Unfortunately, many graphics are presented at an inappropriately small size (they're posters sized down to a half-page or quarter-page) and left untranslated, as apparently data visualization is very happening in Germany and its surrounding countries. Regardless, the collection does present some awe-inspiring graphics, the very best of which can change ...more
Mar 27, 2011 Jlawrence rated it it was ok
I wanted to rate this book higher, because so much of it is fascinating and beautiful -- it's a collection of excellent examples of the intersection of graphic design and data presentation, often very dense data presented through striking, creative visuals.

But as other Goodreads reviewers have noted, a large number of the examples are shrunk to fit on a page in a way that makes their text illegible, thus destroying the whole point of communicating information! (some examples are also untranslate
Jan 04, 2009 Brandon rated it liked it
Doesn't come close to the elegance or explanatory brilliance of Tufte's data visualization books but does offer have a fine survey of current innovations with an impressive amount of breadth and diversity in what it covers. And for my own interests, it was a little frustratingly unabashed in it's focus on form over function (for instance, you can't even read the legends on a lot of the graphs)...but you know, to each their own.
Mar 17, 2011 Cira rated it it was ok
What a major disappointment! I desperately wanted to love this book, but it is so poorly designed and many of the visualizations are inexplicable, lacking sources, raw data and context.

A number of websites do a far better job of aggregating and analyzing information design; do not waste your money on this overpriced mess.
Dec 04, 2011 severyn rated it did not like it
A fascinating set of data visualisations done a horrible disservice by an unimaginative and insensitive publisher who seemed to see no need to find a way to reproduce the visualisations legibly or to provide anything more than a limp, trite and inaccurate commentary on them.
Jun 11, 2009 John rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-art
This would be an interesting book if the text was legible in many cases. Several interesting data displays are found throughout the text, but often they are printed in a manner that is so unecessarily small that deciphering the clever visualizations is impossible.
Widgets &
Apr 07, 2011 Widgets & rated it liked it
A good resource for dense and unusual ways to present data graphics. Not the best for examples of data being simplified...
Apr 01, 2009 Dallas rated it really liked it
May technically never finish it as I open it randomly, as a graphic information designer web app programmer its a springboard at times.
This book had some lovely stuff and many interesting new ideas but was severely hampered by having many of its images way too small and often in a foreign language.
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