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The Functional Art

An introduction to information graphics and visualization

Paperback Engels 2012 9780321834737
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Unlike any time before in our lives, we have access to vast amounts of free information.

With the right tools, we can start to make sense of all this data to see patterns and trends that would otherwise be invisible to us. By transforming numbers into graphical shapes, we allow readers to understand the stories those numbers hide. In this practical introduction to understanding and using information graphics, you'll learn how to use data visualizations as tools to see beyond lists of numbers and variables and achieve new insights into the complex world around us. Regardless of the kind of data you're working with-business, science, politics, sports, or even your own personal finances-this book will show you how to use statistical charts, maps, and explanation diagrams to spot the stories in the data and learn new things from it.

You'll also get to peek into the creative process of some of the world's most talented designers and visual journalists, including 'Condé 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.


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Hoofdrubriek:IT-management / ICT


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Over Alberto Cairo

Alberto Cairo teaches Information Graphics and Visualization at the School of Communication at the University of Miami since January 2012. He holds a BA in Journalism (University of Santiago de Compostela) and a research-oriented Masters degree on Information Society Studies from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona). He teaches courses on information graphics and visualization, and is interested in the convergence between Visual Communication, Journalism, and Cognitive Science. He is author of the books Infografía 2.0: Visualización interactiva de información en prensa (Alamut, Spain, 2008) and The Functional Art: an Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization, which will be published by PeachPit Press, a division of Pearson Education, in August 2012. He also writes regularly for El País, the main newspaper in Spain, in a blog on the future of Journalism, Periodismo con futuro. Between June 2010 and December 2011, he was the director for Infographics and Multimedia at Editora Globo, the magazine division of the biggest media group in Brazil, where he acted as an executive editor for the weekly news magazine Época and as an internal consultant for the other 12 publications of the group. He has also been an assistant professor at the School of Journalism, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, between 2005 and 2009. He was the James H. Schumaker Term Assistant Professor in 2008 and 2009. Alberto Cairo led the creation of the Interactive Infographics Department at El Mundo (elmundo.es, Spain), in 2000. Cairo's team won more Malofiej and Society for News Design (SND) infographics international awards than any other news organization worldwide between 2001 and 2005. Cairo has been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker at all most influential international conferences on visual journalism and design. He has taught in the US, Mexico, El Salvador, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, Singapore, and South Korea. He has also been a consultant with many top news publications in those countries.

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PART 1: Foundations
1. Why Visualization - From Data to Wisdom
2. Form and Function - Visualization as a Technology
3. The Beauty Paradox - Art and Communication
4. The Complexity Challenge: Presentation and Exploration

PART 2: Cognition
5. The eye and the Visual Brain
6. Visualizing for the Mind
7. Images in the Head

PART 3: Practice
8. Creating Information Graphics
9. The Rise of Interactive Graphics

PART 4: Profiles
1. The Infographics Gentleman
2. Information Art
3. All the Infographics that are Fit to Print
4. Capital Infographics
5. Germanic Precision
6. Visualization in Academia
7. Quantitative Humanism
8. Truth and Beauty Operator
9. The Rising Stars
10. Visualizing Literature


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