Other Infovis Courses

Software and Tools

Relevant Books

Good books for further reading.

Infovis Overviews

Perceptual and Psychological Principles

  • Colin Ware, Information Visualization: Perception for Design, 2nd ed., Morgan Kaufmann 2004.
  • Stephen E. Palmer, Vision Science: Photons to Phenomenology , MIT Press, 1999.
  • Stephen M. Kosslyn, Image and Mind , Harvard University Press, 1986.

Graphic Design in Infovis

  • Stephen Few's site, Perceptual Edge, as well as his books, Show Me the Numbers and Information Dashboard Design. We will use Now You See It as a textbook for this course.

  • Edward Tufte, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Graphics Press, 1983.
  • Edward Tufte, Envisioning Information, Graphics Press, 1990.
  • Edward Tufte, Visual Explanations, Graphics Press, 1997.
  • Edward Tufte, Beautiful Evidence, Graphics Press, 2006.

    Kosslyn is more like a cookbook or how-to guide and should be useful for people not very experienced with making graphs (although I think it is useful even if you are experienced; it puts a lot of your implicit knowledge explicitly in one place). Although it is light on the scientific justifications, it is written by a cognitive psychologist with considerable experience in the field.

  • Stephen Kosslyn, Elements of Graph Design, W.H. Freeman & Co., 1993.
  • Howard Wainer, How to Display Data Badly (Video)
  • Color Lovers How to choose and mix colors.

Information Visualization Research


Infovis Collections and Commentary

Interesting Visualizations

Other Readings

Research papers by Michael Bernard on psychological factors in Web design

The Great Powerpoint Controversy:

Interesting uses of Flash: