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infosthetics just received the brand new book "Beautiful Evidence", on which Edward Tufte worked for 9 years. as with his previous books, it is packed with many illustrations, showing bad examples as well as carefully crafted revisions that support the sometimes provocative textual narrative. the visual lay-out, paper, printing & binding quality are in line with the book's challenging title (where was the time that books smelled good as well?).
more comments after the jump, but in short: this book is highly recommended!
btw: fans should not miss some Tuftian/Tuftesque(?) online resources, such as the excellent junk charts & presentation zen weblogs.
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some chapter drafts have been online since a while, but still look stunning on paper. the book explores an eclectic set of information design issues, such as Powerpoint Presentations ("PowerPoint might benefit the bottom 10% of all presenters"), complex forms of Sparklines ("datawords: data-intense, design-simple, word-size graphics"), links & causal arrows ("arrows should express variation ... become more articulate, more differentiated, less generic"), & corruption techniques in evidence presentations ("chartjunk flows from the premise that audiences can be charmed, distracted, or fooled by means of content-free misdirection").

another chapter invistigates Minard's famous (now enlarged to fold-out 2-page size) data-map of Napoleon's retreat in detail. large pictures of Tufte's own artworks are placed in the back. visual examples include illustrations from Galileo & Leonardo da Vinci, over Matisse & C├ęzanne, to current depictions of DNA sequencing & "Fundamentals of Electroencephalography".

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