Preface

There are two major changes in this latest edition of Information Visualization: Perception for Design. The first is intended to make the design implications of research in perception clearer. To this end, 168 explicit guidelines for the design of visualizations have been added to the text in highlighted boxes. These guidelines should be taken as suggestions to support design decisions, not as hard and fast rules. Designing visualizations is a complex task, and it is not possible with a succinct guideline to set out all the circumstances under which a particular rule may apply. Graphic designers must take into account interactions between small symbols and large areas of color and texture as well as shading effects, shape effects, the ...

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