Isabel Meirelles’s “Design for Information: An Introduction to the Histories, Theories, and Best Practices Behind Effective Information Visualizations” makes a welcome contribution to the information visualization literature.
The author is an experienced designer and educator in information and motion graphics, for print and interaction. The book is intended primarily for designers, but it does attempt to bridge the technical requirements with visual design theory and practice – and there is a great need for this type of synthesis.
The book contains a wealth of beautiful and useful visual examples that illustrate accomplishments in information visualization, as well as the important theoretical foundations underlying these. The author introduces relevant research in psychology, such as the Gestalt laws describing how we detect patterns and visually integrate coherent percepts (proximity, simplicity, familiarity, and segregation between figure and ground).
The book is structured around the main established visualization methods:
- Relational Structures: Networks
- Hierarchical Structures: Trees
- Temporal Structures: Timelines and Flows
- Spatio-temporal Structures
- Textual Structures
[Photomedia Forum post by T.Neugebauer from Jul 21, 2015]