The Visual Display of Quantitative Information,by Edward Tufte
Starting with Dr. Denmanâ€™s and Mr. Swissâ€™ presentation on â€œInformation and Misinformationâ€ at TAM4, I have been hearing and reading a lot about Edward Tufteâ€™s works on statistical evidence and information design. Having read a few Tufte-quoting books, it was time for the prime material. This book is the first of a series on visual display of data and evidence. Iâ€™m looking forward to reading the others.
For me, it was cool to read the original definitions of â€œdata-inkâ€ and â€œchartjunk.â€ Reading his explanations and viewing the charts and other graphics he chose for illustration purposes was great.
Iâ€™m going to read the other two titles (or three if I wait too long, another one is due out this year), before trying to describe the impact of his writings. I will say that I enjoyed reading Tufte less, having read him after reading him quoted in other works. It took some of the joy of discovery out of the reading.