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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; Har/Pstr M edition (May 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836528797
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836528795
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 10.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sandra Rendgen is an art historian who has worked for both print and interactive media. After completing her studies in Amsterdam and Berlin, she contributed as a picture editor to German magazines and newspapers, such as Vanity Fair, Welt am Sonntag, and to TASCHEN’s Interiors Now! As an editor, she develops interactive media installations for various museums and institutions.

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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Large size hardcover book with 480 pgs.
Joel Sanders
Based on volume alone, this is one of the better books (value-wise) out there for examples of information graphics.
Hunter Wimmer
I highly recommend this book for anyone passionate about effective and beautiful information design.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Look at all the amazing graphics in this huge book and it's hard to imagine that the original data existed just as numbers and text, in black and probably printed on white paper. Some very clever designers have managed to turn this raw data into beautiful eye-catching images. It's not only numbers into charts though, several pages show diagrams that interpret a situation: Improvised Explosive Devices in Afghanistan (pages 144-145) or the Tour de France (page 193) for example.

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.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David esteban henao on April 5, 2013
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If you need a book to learn how the best infographics have been made, or how to make great info graphic this is not the book.
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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rom on December 1, 2012
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Let's get the obvious out of the way: The 480 page book is beautiful and packed with dozens of very good info graphics. Only 10% are worthy of return visits, and that critique is meant for the field itself. It's very difficult to make a convincing, data-rich infographic and this book makes that problem painfully obvious.

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jess Bachman on April 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I received a complimentary copy of this book because I'm featured in it (with hundreds others). It's a truly massive tome, the heaviest book I own. Huge full color pages, it really is a steal at $69, let alone $45.

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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By soze on December 15, 2012
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I manage a Data Analysis department, which means that no one else in my division understands what we do. I keep this large, showy book open on the customer-facing side of my desk. Co-workers come in, paw through it, and get an idea of what we can really do with their data given appropriate parameters. It's a fantastic marketing tool for my team.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stewart Ebersole on March 7, 2013
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As a scientist, a person who makes a living interpreting graphs and charts for clients, I sometimes forget that graphs and charts and timelines really do make the interpretation of large numbers of words and numbers a snap. This book covers the entire spectrum of where graphics do, or have done, the most good in making people aware of what they might miss if they simply read the words and number. First, the book is a work of art. Its size, format, and multi-page-size format put it up there with the best of the coffee table art books. But what astounds me the most is that while reading Informational Graphics I continuously learn something new in a realm of art or science that I didn't know before cracking the page and viewing the graphic. Informational Graphics is the best book that I've purchased in a few years.
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