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Information Visualization: Perception for Design

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"This unique and essential guide to human visual perception and related cognitive principles will enrich courses on information visualization and empower designers to see their way forward. Ware's updated review of empirical research and interface design examples will do much to accelerate innovation and adoption of information visualization."
—Ben Shneiderman, University

Hardcover, Second Edition, 486 pages
Published April 7th 2004 by Morgan Kaufmann Publishers (first published January 2000)
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Eric Foll
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't go into this book thinking it'll be a light read. It's definitely a textbook, but a very easy-to-read one. Dense, yes. But understandable and relevant. If your job entails displaying information visually, this would be time well spent. While it does tend to favor the process of visualizations through computer graphics, most of the concepts are either directly applicable to the printed page or easily understood in that manner. ...more
Manuel Frias
I wanted to read this book because of the good feedback it got from authors I admire. I don't regret it but I should have noticed that it is a scientific academic textbook. Nothing wrong with that but it's not an easy read for novices in the science of visualization like me.

This is anyway a good book to find scientific explanations to perception and cognitive visualization problems.
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Every person that does anything with design, or computers, or communication, or graphics, or art should read this book. It is astounding in its excellent summaries and discussions of the key issues. If you only read one book, this is enough. But if not, it also provides you with plenty of jumping off points to refer to further studies.

Only 11 reviews??
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's a good read and overview if you are interested in the visual perception of humans and interpretation of symbols.
Also a nice addition, if you are researching on visual analytics and visualization.
Dejan Ulcej
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book covers the information visualization very comprehensively, with an emphasis on the cognitive psychology. Dr. Ware supports the theory very well with interesting and relevant research studies (in 2013 version few examples that talk about HCI experiments are out-dated and are hardly relevant today). Despite the fact that the book covers everything one must know about information visualization, the structure of the book is complex. Reader needs to have at least very basic understanding of ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good overview, nice (and well-motivated) list of principles. I learned a lot about information visualization and human visual perception.
Hugo Rivera
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Scientifically-rigorous and practical!
There's good reason why people don't read textbooks cover to cover... And this is an incredibly well-researched and detailed textbook looking at the science behind information visualization. Lots of best-practice advice and plenty of detailed explanations. A little too dry and dispassionate for my tastes, but probably right on target for hardcore academics. ...more
Rob Greca
Jul 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Great textbook on information visualization.
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dense, but useful. one of the go-to viz books.
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