The Functional Art: An introduction to information graphics and visualizationAlberto Cairo (author)
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You'll also get to peek into the creative process of some of the world's most talented designers and visual journalists, including Conde Nast Traveler's John Grimwade, National Geographic Magazine's Fernando Baptista, The New York Times' Steve Duenes, The Washington Post's Hannah Fairfield, Hans Rosling of the Gapminder Foundation, Stanford's Geoff McGhee, and European superstars Moritz Stefaner, Jan Willem Tulp, Stefanie Posavec, and Gregor Aisch. The book also includes a DVD-ROM containing over 90 minutes of video lessons that expand on core concepts explained within the book and includes even more inspirational information graphics from the world's leading designers.
The first book to offer a broad, hands-on introduction to information graphics and visualization, The Functional Art reveals:
* Why data visualization should be thought of as "functional art" rather than fine art
* How to use color, type, and other graphic tools to make your information graphics more effective, not just better looking
* The science of how our brains perceive and remember information
* Best practices for creating interactive information graphics
* A comprehensive look at the creative process behind successful information graphics
* An extensive gallery of inspirational work from the world's top designers and visual artists
On the DVD-ROM:
In this introductory video course on information graphics, Alberto Cairo goes into greater detail with even more visual examples of how to create effective information graphics that function as practical tools for aiding perception. You'll learn how to: incorporate basic design principles in your visualizations, create simple interfaces for interactive graphics, and choose the appropriate type of graphic forms for your data. Cairo also deconstructs successful information graphics from The New York Times and National Geographic magazine with sketches and images not shown in the book.
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 100 g
Dimensions: 100 x 100 x 100 mm
"If graphic designer Nigel Holmes and data visualizer Edward Tufte had a child, his name would be Alberto Cairo. In The Functional Art, accomplished graphics journalist Cairo injects the chaotic world of infographics with a mature, thoughtful, and scientifically grounded perspective that it sorely needs. With extraordinary grace and clarity, Cairo seamlessly unites infographic form and function in a design philosophy that should endure for generations."
- Stephen Few, author of Show Me the Numbers
"This book is long overdue. Whether you're just getting started visualizing information or have been doing it all your life, whether you're looking for a basic understanding of visualization or a detailed how-to reference, this is the book you're looking for. Alberto Cairo, a professional journalist, information designer, and artist, shows how to visualize anything in a simple, straightforward, and intelligent way."
- Karl Gude, former infographics director at Newsweek and Graphics Editor in Residence at the School of Journalism, Michigan State University
"The Functional Art is brilliant, didactic, and entertaining. I own dozens of books on visual information, but Cairo's is already on the shortlist of five that I recommend-along with those by Edward Tufte, Nigel Holmes, and Richard Saul Wurman-to anybody who wishes to have a career in information graphics. Cairo is one of those rare professionals who has been able to combine real-world experience with the academia."
- Mario Tascon, director of Spanish consulting firm Prodigioso Volcan
"Read It. There is really nothing else to say. If you care about how visualization is used to communicate to people, this is the book for you. If you're a journalist, you need to read it. If you're an academic doing visualization research, you really, really need to read it. This is the stuff we've been missing in visualization for the last 25 years."
-Robert Kosara, EagerEyes
"If you're interested to find the right balance between aesthetics and function in the context of data visualization, you cannot avoid Alberto Cairo's The Functional Art, probably the best data visualization book published in 2012."
-Jorge Camoes, www.excelcharts.com