The Functional Art book

The Functional Art is an introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization, the communication of facts and data by means of charts, graphs, maps, and diagrams. It includes a DVD including 90 minutes of video lectures.

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Table of contents:

Part 1 - FOUNDATIONS
• Chapter 1 - Why Visualize? Information to Wisdom
• Chapter 2 - Forms and Functions: Visualization as a Technology
• Chapter 3 - The Beauty Paradox: Art and Communication
• Chapter 4 - Exposition, Exploration, and the Complexity Challenge

Part 2 - COGNITION
• Chapter 5 - The Eye and the Visual Brain
• Chapter 6 - Visualizing for the Mind
• Chapter 7 - Images in the Head

Part 3 - PRACTICE
• Chapter 8 - Creating Information Graphics
• Chapter 9 - Interactive Graphics and Visualizations

Part 4 - PROFILES

• John Grimwade (Condé Nast Traveler): The Infographics Gentleman (personal site)
• Juan Velasco and Fernando Baptista (National Geographic Magazine): Information Art
• Steve Duenes and Xaquín González (The New York Times): All the Graphics That Are Fit to Print
• Hannah Fairfield (The Washington Post): Capital Infographics
• Jan Schwochow (Golden Section Graphics): Germanic Precision
• Geoff McGhee (Stanford University , Journalism in the Age of Data): Visualization and Academia
• Hans Rosling (Gapminder): Quantitative Humanism
• Moritz Stefaner (Well-Formed Data): Truth and Beauty Operator
• Jan Willem Tulp (Tulp Interactive) and Gregor Aisch (Driven By Data): The Rising Stars
• Stefanie Posavec (It's Been Real): Visualizing Literature