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The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia (Anglais) Broché – 10 novembre 2009

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“Dangerous…to have on your desk if you have other work to get done….[T]he visuals will draw you in, and the sharpness of the questions some of them attempt to answer—and the efficiency with which they can communicate complex comparisons in a single page—will keep you hooked.” (Omnivoracious)

“For those drowning in the digital age’s information glut, Visual Miscellaneum, the new eye-popping book of infographics …makes the perfect antidote. … By turns alarming and humorous in its revelations, it’s a timely, if meandering, look at the state of our world.” (Coolhunting.com)

“...like a Harper’s Index that’s sprung to life....For a book that’s as much about the online universe as it is a product of it, The Visual Miscellaneum is surprisingly timeless....The Visual Miscellaneum is not only required reading, but a book that rewards any number of re-reads.” (EyeWeekly.com)

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The Visual Miscellaneum is a unique, groundbreaking look at the modern information age, helping readers make sense of the countless statistics and random facts that constantly bombard us. Using cutting edge graphs, charts, and illustrations, David McCandless creatively visualizes the world’s surprising relationships and compelling data, covering everything from the most pleasurable guilty pleasures to how long it takes different condiments to spoil to world maps of Internet search terms.

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  • Broché: 256 pages
  • Editeur : Harper Design (10 novembre 2009)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0061748366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061748363
  • Dimensions du produit: 19 x 2,1 x 24,8 cm
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1 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par tiresias le 22 janvier 2011
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contest are a lot of fun, as anyone wh visits the informatio is beutiful wet site will know.
given the low cost differnce between hadbound (information is beutiful : US edition) and trade paper (this one) I'd take hardback next time and did when sending a givf
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Needs an editor 24 novembre 2009
Par Robert Shaver - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I love this book - creative and thought provoking - Thank you.
A few of the pages alone are worth the price of the book - political left vs political right, creationism vs evolutionism, nature vs nurture. Access to the web site for updates is a great idea.

Suggestion for author's consideration: please clean up the errors and omissions. This should be a five star book. For example: the visually beautiful and useful index excludes several pages of the book; Pages 60 to 65 are missing a number of details. As a result, the pages make no sense.
My advice to the reader - wait for a revised edition or hope that someone replaces the printer.
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Full of examples on how NOT to present information. 25 novembre 2009
Par Christian Rudder - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book's charts are very pretty to look at, but the quantative approach in many of them was so bad and so confusing that for the first 50 pages I thought I was reading a spoof.

On page 10, an area representing $21B is larger than one representing $27B, and $60B looks to be about half of $230B. On pages 60 - 65 the charts have no labels whatsoever, and so there's literally no way to tell what they're trying to say: it's just six pages of colorful polygons. You'll find these kinds of blunders on almost every page; I've just chosen a few early examples.

I know it seems like I'm nit-picking, but for a book claiming in its subtitle to be some kind of statistical "guide," such flaws are fatal. If you're at all interested in examples of beautifully presented and accurate information, please read Beautiful Evidence or The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd edition instead.
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Beautiful, but... 2 décembre 2009
Par duisenburg2 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
As pointed out in other reviews and in comments on the Website [...], there are mistakes in this book that make you question the validity of many of the graphs. There are incorrect figures and scaling errors. For example, why does an area representing $60B look about half as large as one for $230B?

I want to make it very clear that the approach to visualize information this way is excellent, but the author seems to have given priority to artistic expression rather than accuracy.

Also, there are labels missing on several pages, due to a technical fault. ([...]) I would wait for a new edition with corrections.
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The Visual Miscellaneum: In Desperate Need of a Visualization Editor 20 janvier 2010
Par PantherModem - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
On a cursory glance, The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless looks pretty good. The book covers a wide breath of topics and everything is very colourful. However, a more detailed inspection will reveal some serious errors in the visualizations the book contains.

Some of the data items within the information graphics have been intentionally left unlabeled. For example, "Sex Education" on page 62, presents a bar chart and the only entry that is labeled is Studio Art which has no students that are virgins. Having seen this chart before, the bar chart on page 62 emphasizes the original joke. In the introduction, McCandless asks "Can you make jokes in graphs?" Indeed you can, and this is a borderline ok example. However, the joke isn't clear if you haven't seen the original chart.

From here, it gets worse. The "Excuse Us: Reasons for Divorce" graphic on page 64 does not have any labels on any of the items in the graphic. Where is the actual content? Or are the data items intentionally left unlabeled?

Similarly, in the "Salad Dressings: All in proportion" graphic on page 118, why aren't the individual dressings labeled? On the previous page, with "The Poison" and "The Remedy", the drinks are labeled, so therefore I would expect the salad dressings on the following page to labeled as well (especially since the graphic design of these pages are so similar). However, this is not the case.

In general, it seems like there are more than a few labeling issues in the graphics through out the book, and I was left wondering if this omissions were erroneous or intentional? It wasn't always clear.

But missing labels isn't the only problem. The "Not Nice: Food colourings linked to unpleasant health effects" graphic on page 119 contains no mention of health effects in the actual graphic. Is that the point? That there is no unpleasant health effects linked to food colouring? I wasn't sure after looking at the graphic.

These are just a few examples of some of the problems with the visualization found in The Visual Miscellaneum, and unfortunately these errors complete spoil the entire book. I would agree with Christian Rudder's Amazon review that this book is an example of how not to present information, and if you're looking for visualization excellency, consider the work by Edward R. Tufte instead.
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so sad 22 novembre 2009
Par L. Chrisman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book has such incredible potential, and is quite fascinating, but they obviously rushed it without editing it properly. There are many graphics with missing text, thus rendering them totally meaningless. I'm returning mine, hoping they will do a second edition with corrections. So very sad. Also, it is NOT a hardcover. The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia
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