Visualizing Technical Information: A Cultural Critique demonstrates the ways in which the leading technical visuals of information design-graphs, charts, diagrams, tables, illustrations, and information visualization-are designed and read. Using genre theory as an analytical tool, the author makes the argument that problems with these visual forms are not necessarily the result of a designer's poor decisions or a reader's poor interpretation skills. Instead, there may be inherent problems in the visual genres themselves that are a direct result of their cultural history and current use.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction Examining Technical Visuals as Genres in a Cultural Context Click to read the Introduction.
Chapter 2. The Graph
Chapter 3. Technical Illustrations
Chapter 4. Charts and Diagrams
Chapter 5. The Table
Chapter 6. Information Visualization
Chapter 7. Looking to the Future and Acting in the Present