´´The book itself is a diagram of clarification, containing hundreds of examples of work by those who favor the communication of information over style and academic postulation--and those who don´t. Many blurbs such as this are written without a thorough reading of the book. Not so in this case. I read it and love it. I suggest you do the same.´´ --Richard Saul Wurman ´´This handsome, clearly organized book is itself a prime example of the effective presentation of complex visual information.´´ --eg magazine ´´It is a dream book, we were waiting for...on the field of information. On top of the incredible amount of presented knowledge this is also a beautifully designed piece, very easy to follow...´´ --Krzysztof Lenk, author of Mapping Websites: Digital Media Design ´´Making complicated information understandable is becoming the crucial task facing designers in the 21st century. With Designing Information, Joel Katz has created what will surely be an indispensable textbook on the subject.´´--Michael Bierut ´´Having had the pleasure of a sneak preview, I can only say that this is a magnificent achievement: a combination of intelligent text, fascinating insights and - oh yes - graphics. Congratulations to Joel.´´--Judith Harris, author of Pompeii Awakened: A Story of Rediscovery Designing Information shows designers in all fields - from user-interface design to architecture and engineering - how to design complex data and information for meaning, relevance, and clarity. Written by a worldwide authority on the visualization of complex information, this full-color, heavily illustrated guide provides real-life problems and examples as well as hypothetical and historical examples, demonstrating the conceptual and pragmatic aspects of human factors-driven information design. Both successful and failed design examples are included to help readers understand the principles under discussion.
This book is written for composers, arrangers and MIDI musicians of all levels and will be helpful to game, film and TV composers .As well as traditional orchestral, teachers and instructors. When doing virtual orchestrations (orchestrations played back using only computers) readers need to understand all aspects of the technology and the art, from correct set up to how to put a note in a piece and manipulating that note. This is where The Guide To MIDI Orchestration, now in its 4th edition, comes into play teaching the range and techniques for each instrument, it is packed full of details and tips on how to get electronic instruments sounding less electronic and more real. Unlike the typical book on arranging actual instruments, this book gives readers the tips in the context of electronically sampled instruments, particularly computer-based software synthesizers. The insightful interviews with mastering engineers Bob Katz and Bob Ludwig, and library developers Eric Persing, Gary Garritian and Heb Tucmall providing real world knowledge that and a glimpse of the future of the industry. Chapters on studio set up, requirements, effects and processing and plug-in considerations all help them meet the high demands put on them as a MIDI composer. The books website holds other key resources- audio clips, recordings and examples, up to date reviews and recommendations of orchestral libraries and plug-in considerations.