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Information Graphics Hardcover – May 27, 2012
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About the Author
Julius Wiedemann was born in Brazil, studied graphic design and marketing, and was an art editor for digital and design magazines in Tokyo. His many TASCHEN digital and media titles include Illustration Now!, Logo Design, Jazz Covers and Information Graphics.
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The first ninety-six pages (printed on a shorter page width) with four essays, look at the background and history of charts and diagrams. The best I thought was by Simon Rogers of the London Guardian with an interesting overview of data and the press. To go with the essays (in English, French and German) there are sixty-four illustrations as a visual timeline from 1144 BC to 2010. This includes a couple of old favourites: Minard's wonderful flow map of Napoleon's retreat from Moscow; Harry Beck's 1933 London Underground map.
The main section of the book is in four parts: Location; Time; Category; Hierarchy. Each explores graphics with generously sized images on the page and detailed sections where the original was quite large or a poster. The work is from the last ten years with a long caption to explain the concept and an additional caption for technical detail: project info; data source; research; design; illustration. I thought the range of material within the four sections very impressive and incredibly wide ranging, though predictably, some of the graphics really do appear to be unreadable (but still pretty looking).
Once again Taschen have chosen a subject and given it their usual thorough treatment with a comprehensive editorial in a beautifully produced book.Read more ›
If you want to know how info graphics begun, how they have evolved across the time, and general history, this is your book.
this book s a must have if you consider yourself a graphic designer data freak, but if you are looking to a collection or real and well made infographics look somewhere else: Malofiej books are a great example of great info graphics published in real world about real problems.
The problem with so many of the infographics is their inability to convey a meaningful concept within a few seconds. This problem is compounded by vague rules of interpretation where you spend considerable time mentally mapping the relationships. For some people this may be fun, but infographics need more discipline as Tufte preaches, if we are to use them purposefully. The simpler the rules are, the faster you can start playing with it to draw your own conclusions about the data. Many of the infographics appear to be more focused on aesthetic treatments than showing information convincingly.
The book misses an opportunity to present data-similar infographics but with different concepts, sequentially. This would allow readers to see how data can be manipulated rhetorically. More often than not, the data we want to show has some kind of skew that needs attention.
It doesn't go into much theory or best practice but serves as an excellent source of inspiration or just eye-candy. Not all the graphics are in english and the text accompanying each graphic is in three languages.
One of the most interesting portions is the first 60 or so pages which detail information graphics from the previous thousand years up to 1900 or so. Really fascinating that this art form is really nothing new and people were doing some complicated stuff hundreds of years ago.
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This book. THIS book, is one of the most beautiful Design books I have ever owned. I'm an Art History lover, and a Graphic Designer, so giving some history, and details into these... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ashley Broussard
I don't give out may 5-star reviews. This book is packed w/ info and for the $$ it was well worth the investment. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JinSA
500 pages of captivating, beautiful, engaging, and dynamic infographics. As a web-designer, this book is my holy grail. As a human being, this book is my holy grail. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jordy Bell
Enormous. Doesn't fit in my bookshelf. Beautifully bound and illustrated. I'm quite happy with it. I'd leave it on the coffee table but I don't want anyone to spill on it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bankie
Demonstrates wide range of techniques to use graphics in conveying complex information. Read more
This is a BUSY, heavy book detailing dozens of ways, in full-color graphics, of presenting information. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Vic Ridgley