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Information Visualization: Perception for Design
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The human brain is a super-computer for finding patterns in information. Our understanding of visual data and visual information is greatly enhanced or impeded by the way information is presented. It is essential that visual data be designed in such a way that key information and important patterns will stand out. It is only by understanding how perception works that the best visualizations can be created.
Colin Ware outlines the key principles for a wide range of applications and designs, providing designers with the tools to create visualizations of improved clarity, utility and persuasiveness. The book continues to be the key resource for practical design guidelines, based on perception, which can be applied by practitioners, students and researchers alike.
- Complete update of the recognized source in industry, research, and academic for applicable guidance on information visualizing.
- Includes the latest research and state of the art information on multimedia presentation.
- More than 160 explicit design guidelines based on vision science.
- A new final chapter that explains the process of visual thinking and how visualizations help us to think about problems.
- Packed with over 400 informative full color illustrations, which are key to understanding of the subject.
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"Oh my God, the Bible just got better. There is no book that I rely on more in my work than Information Visualization: Perception for Design, and with this third edition Colin Ware has made it more indispensible and easier to apply than ever." -Stephen Few, Principal, Perceptual Edge
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The author takes the "visual" in visualization very seriously. Colin Ware has advanced degrees in both computer science (MMath, Waterloo) and the psychology of perception (Ph.D., Toronto). He has published over a hundred articles in scientific and technical journals and at leading conferences, many of which relate to the use of color, texture, motion, and 3D in information visualization. In addition to his research, Professor Ware also builds useful visualization software systems. He has been involved in developing 3D interactive visualization systems for ocean mapping for over twelve years, and he directed the development of the NestedVision3D system for visualizing very large networks of information. Both of these projects led to commercial spin-offs. Professor. Ware recently moved from the University of New Brunswick in Canada to direct the Data Visualization Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire.
Chapter 1. Foundations for an Applied Science of Data Visualization
Chapter 2. The Environment, Optics, Resolution, and the Display
Chapter 3. Lightness, Brightness, Contrast and Constancy
Chapter 4. Color
Chapter 5. Visual Salience and Finding Information
Chapter 6. Static and Moving Patterns
Chapter 7. Space Perception
Chapter 8. Visual Objects and Data Objects
Chapter 9. Images, Narrative, and Gestures for Explanation
Chapter 10. Interacting with Visualizations
Chapter 11. Visual Thinking Processes