The functional art alberto cairo pdf


“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. PDF | Review of the first book to offer a broad, hands-on introduction to Alberto Cairo: The Functional Art. An introduction to information graphics and. Session 8: Data Visualization – the Functional Art. Presenter: Alberto Cairo. Page 2. Alberto Cairo • University of Miami • • Twitter: @.

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The Functional Art Alberto Cairo Pdf

The Functional Art is an introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization, the communication of facts and data by means of charts, graphs, maps, and. [PDF] DOWNLOAD The Functional Art: An introduction to information graphics and visualization (Voices That Matter) by Alberto Cairo [PDF]. “Welcome to Alberto's world. Cairo has done it all in The Functional Art: theory, practice, examples. And he's done it brilliantly. It is the most comprehensive and.

It begins—of all places—in Brooklyn. First, the visualization. Natives of Brooklyn I know usually complain that their borough is neglected by the media, compared to other areas in New York City, namely Manhattan. Half a million people were stopped in ; most of them were African-American men. This interactive graphic is simple and visually powerful. Grey circles bounce around and cluster together depending on what you choose to see: Race of the suspects, their ages and sex, the reasons for the stops, etc. So this is the visualization. Now, let me take a detour and refer to our elephant. The Elephant and the Blind Men The famous parable of the blind men and the elephant has many versions, but they follow the same basic structure: Several blind men are asked to describe the appearance of an elephant. They surround the animal, and each of them feels a different part of its anatomy.

I get the point, but that discussion just feels pointless and out of place in an otherwise very well structured book. The point he makes in the rest of the chapter, that function constrains form rather than form following function, is an excellent one.

Functional Art, The: An introduction to information graphics and visualization

Cairo talks about the process and the kinds of questions you need to ask to make an effective information graphic or visualization. As simple as this sounds, he points out how often the wrong questions lead to the wrong priorities and consequently pointless visualizations.

Perception can be fun to show off look, invisible gorilla! This book builds that bridge quite effectively, and should be required reading for anybody teaching visualization or even writing a book about it.

One of his recurring themes is the question how much information to pack into a piece. Just as the writing is geared towards adults, he argues , so should be the graphics.

There are a lot of assumptions about what readers will and will not understand. But good newspapers gently challenge their readers in their writing, so why not do the same in the graphics?

He writes from his own experience, enriched by a critical eye towards the world of newspaper graphics. He knows what he is talking about. These interviews are very well structured and focused, and are illustrated with complete information graphics or visualizations as well as process sketches of how they got there. Quite frankly, I did not expect the interviews to be quite that interesting. But there were lots of interesting insights like the way people talk about data, how much data to show, etc.

Book 3: The Information Graphics Collection While this is not a coffee table book by any stretch of the imagination, it still lends itself to browsing. Cairo has collected a large number of great examples that show how information is communicated effectively. His own sketches and the ones his interview partners share add to the wealth of visual information.

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Review: Alberto Cairo, The Functional Art

An introduction to information graphics and visualization Voices That Matter 2. Book details Author: Alberto Cairo Pages: New Riders Language: English ISBN Description this book The Functional Art is the first book to offer a broad, hands-on introduction to information graphics and visualization, the use of charts, maps, diagrams, and illustrations to communicate and understand data and phenomena. Alberto Cairo, who teaches at the University of Miami, explains that visualizations should be conceived as tools that extend our perception, letting us go beyond what the bare eye can see, and allow us to identify patterns and trends that would be invisible otherwise.

The book is divided into four parts: Foundations, Cognition, Practice, and Profiles. Part 1, Foundations, explains the core concepts in the book, such as that visualization should be thought of not as a fine art, but as a functional art" a discipline in which the structure of the information and the efficiency of its visual encoding are intertwined with the aesthetics of design pieces.

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Part 2 Cognition discusses the psychology of perception and how scientific findings over the past 30 years should affect the way we create graphics and visualizations today. Part 3 Practice gets hands-on as the author shows each step of the creative process walking the reader through the creation of several of his own graphics as well those of other respected designers. Part 4 Profiles 4. The extensive gallery of projects presented in the fourth part of the book will serve as an inspiration for students and professors alike.

Part 4 Profiles showcases and explains the work of several top designers and visual journalists. If you want to download this book, click link in the last page 6.

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