Information Visualization : Perception for Design
||Author: Colin Ware|
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Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann (14 April, 2004)
Sales Rank: 99,544
Average Customer Rating: 4.33 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 4 out of 5
Excellent, despite its flaws
Ware's book provides a technically accurate and well-written overview of the gamut of issues pertaining to information visualization -- from basic visual anatomy and physiology to techniques for creating effective displays from multidimensional data.
Yes, it's "introductory" in nature, but it's the most comprehensive introduction I've seen to this complex and emerging field. It would make an excellent reference or textbook.
The 5-star content gets 4 stars because of the book's numerous editorial flaws. For example, several illustrations in the text reference color plate images that simply don't exist. And at least a half-dozen works cited in the text don't appear on the reference list. All-in-all, a rather slipshod editing job.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Intelligent building blocks of information viz
This a well-written work revealing the fundamental rules of perception that are applicable in info viz and design. If you are looking for elaborate examples or brochureware, this is not for you. Focus is on basic principles (such as the gestalt rules, kinetic motion organization, visual ability. Excellent for the beginner or academic. Advanced info designers/architects may find it a little lean, but trust me, it's still worth it as a refresher and knowledge-base builder (I felt I still learned a few things).
The only main drawback may be book quality. Only a few color plates in the center make for a visually sparse work, although there are b/w images throughout. Nevertheless, writing makes up for this fact with clear and direct language. Many of us here in the Communication Planning/Information Design grad program like it a lot.
Rating: 5 out of 5
A mast have book!
for me, this is one of the books that you have always waited for. it is combin lot's of important issues considering the design work. this book dealing with Lightness, Brightness, Contrast, and Constancy,Interacting with Visualizations,Images and Words, and Static and Moving Patterns.
· Envisioning Information
· Information Graphics: A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference
· Readings in Information Visualization : Using Vision to Think