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jmunoz

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This morning I stumbled across a tweet about a cool info vis book. I just had to check it out.

The book, titled "Graphic Presentation" and written by Willard Brinton is 70 years old. I was surprised to find so much good stuff in the book, but maybe I shouldn't have been. In the days before computers and Excel, when making a chart took a serious investment in time, the majority of chart makers really thought about their craft. Contrast that to today, when making a chart in Excel consists of hitting the F11 button, so easy, even a caveman can do it.

One of my favorite images from the book is below. At first, I couldn't figure out the order of the regions on the chart on page 143, but then it hit me. Can you figure it out? In addition, the use of small multiples on the bar charts on 142 makes it easy to compare across the categories.

The Flickr stream, belonging to Prof. Michael Stoll, can be viewed here and the entire book can be downloaded (low res, sorry), here.

Enjoy.

John C. Munoz
http://www.bzintelguru.com

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grasshopper

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Interesting - thanks for the heads-up about this book!

jmunoz

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Martin Wattenberg just tweeted about this book today. He posted a link to the book that shows up in beautiful high resolution. Well worth checking out at http://bit.ly/aNtq7
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