Visualizing Technical Information: A Cultural Critique (Baywood's Technical Communications Series)
Lee E. BrasseurISBN: 0895032406;
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 visualgenres themselves that are a direct result of their cultural history and current use. In presenting this argument, Visualizing Technical Information breaks new ground in bringing issues of culture and theory into the foreground as the key to many of the problems associated with information design. The author critiques the influences of Cartesian-based thinking, mathematical approaches, and logic-based methods to problem solving and a reliance on perceptual-based visual...
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