Intelligent design for scientists
Visual Strategies: A Practical Guide to Graphics for Scientists and EngineersBy Felice C. Frankel and Angela H. DePace
Design by Sagmeister Inc. with CHIPS
Yale University Press, £25, $35
Data is the currency of science. The days of butterflies pinned to a board are largely over: many sciences have moved to a more quantitative mode, spurred on by advances in computing power. The huge amount of raw information being produced by modern scientific experiments is useless without proper interpretation, and visualisations are ways in which signal can be teased from the noise. Yet, though it is crucial to the discipline, and visualisation is at the root of many forms of statistical analysis (arguably the core of biology), scientists are rarely taught how to present their work graphically …
Top: spread from Visual Strategies showing Glenda Mahoney’s redesign of ‘Effects of various factors on the life cycle of [the limpet] Patella depressa’, 2006.
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