Slides by: Sheelagh Carpendale. Visual Representation from. Semiology of Graphics by J. Bertin. Slides by: Sheelagh Carpendale. Originally published in French in , Semiology of Graphics holds a significant place in the theory of information design. Founded on Jacques Bertin’s. Jacques Bertin (27 July – 3 May ) was a French cartographer and theorist, known from his book Semiologie Graphique (Semiology of Graphics).
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Mar 14, Andy Chu rated it really liked it. I managed to find this rare book in the Palo Alto Library a few years ago. It’s like a precursor to Tufte’s books, but it’s far more detailed and dense. It’s been awhile, but I believe most of it is essentially covering theme of accurately representing data with graphics.
Although this book was translated in English only infrom a second-edition printEdward R. The author asks many of the important questions: How to graphicz a good variant of a known plot type?
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What kinds of questions can the viewer ask from each type or plot? What factors affect perception, per type of plot and per type of question? Can we change color, etc.?
Can we combine factors? Can we combine types of graphs? How does information need to change, depending on the level of detailed matching the question? How to communicate the information visually, so that it becomes memorable as opposed to a recording that replaces the memory? Although parts of this theory have since been invalidated for example, Tufte is sternly against hatching in filling forms and against radial graphs of all shapes and kinds, including the spider graphs on p. This results in a rather cryptical structure, and also in tabular summaries that are often difficult to relate to the plots they describe, especially maps.
But I recall reading as a kid many maps encoded using this kind of approach, and liking them to bits. The structure is used to map some of the classical visualizations, such as Charles de Fourcroy’s plot Tableau Poleometrique p.
The situation remains largely the same today, in France as in other countries.
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This is no indictment of the arts, just a pragmatic concern about the future citizens and voters in these countries. Tufte and John W. Tukeythen breathe deeply and dive in. Oct 08, Gabe rated it it was ok. I only skimmed this book. It turned out not to be quite what I was hoping for. I was interested in the book because, as a student in scientific research, I have to prepare graphical representations of my data, and I wanted a guide to understanding the principles behind constructing graphs and graphical representations.
Apparently this book is one of the classics of the subject, but I found it surprisingly confusing.
It’s a translation from French, and there were plenty of sentences that just see I only skimmed this book. It’s a translation from French, and there were plenty of sentences that just seemed overly complicated.
The fact that the title uses an uncommon, academic sounding word should be a hint wemiology the whole semology is kind of like that. I was especially interested in the typography of graphics, and the book doesn’t seem to give this topic much attention. Some of the pictures are neat, and it does make you think about things like which dimension of graphical differentiation to use to display data, but Beritn don’t think I’ll be using this book much for guidance.
Apr 09, Kenny rated it it was amazing Shelves: Probably one of the best books to start with if you’re interested in visualizing data.
It covers the fundamental principles of visualization very detailed and thoroughly. It’s a bit outdated, since it’s fromso don’t expect stuff about interactivity, e. But other than that, it’s a brilliant book that I recommend to everyone interested in graphics and visualization. Narjes Ghalkaoui rated it did not like it Dec 10, Haig rated it really liked it Feb 23, Siim Puskai rated it it was amazing Sep 22, Ross rated it really liked it Aug 19, David Thiel rated it it was amazing Dec 01, Natalia rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Jamie rated it really liked it Sep 01, Pia rated it it was amazing Nov 24, Shaoliang Nie rated it it was amazing Jul 25, Sean Carmody rated it really liked it Jun 16, Song rated it really liked it Apr 01, Mr Matt Sim rated it it was amazing Aug 08, Catherine rated it it was amazing Nov 15, Chris Brown rated it it was amazing May 02, Angus rated it really liked it Dec 11, LI Wei rated it really liked it Jan 05, Benjamin Wiederkehr rated it it was amazing Jan 12, Adela baako rated it it was amazing Apr 07, Saartje rated it it was ok Oct 30, Andy rated it really liked it Jan 22, Janina Wildfeuer rated it it was ok Jul 07, Stephen rated it it was amazing Nov 27, Carlos Scheidegger rated it really liked it Nov 25, Dimitri rated it it was amazing Aug 02, Jeremy rated it really liked it Aug 16, Tina rated it it was amazing Jan 15, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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