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From the Back Cover

The bestselling classic has been revised and updated! A colorful guide to the world's most consequential trivia, The Visual Miscellaneum now includes 18 all new graphs and 23 updated ones. It is a reference book like no other helping us make sense of our world by putting the data we are bombarded with every day—health findings, technological advances, cultural touch points, war statistics—into creative visual perspective. Using cutting edge graphs, charts, and illustrations, author David McCandless creatively visualizes the world’s most surprising relationships and compelling data.

About the Author

David McCandless is an award-winning writer and journalist. His work has appeared in over 30 magazines in the UK and the US and all over the web. He currently works as creative consultant for Orange and the BBC and writes about the Internet, underground culture and ‘anything interesting' for Wired and The Guardian.

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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Revised edition (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062236520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062236524
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gave this to my parents as a gift, they loved it.
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A great tome of data visualization to spark inspiration for taking your own data projects and turning them into something people can understand.
Michael L. Olivier
A great, fun book with a lot of interesting information.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cool Kat on January 5, 2013
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There's rarely a book out there that I could safely say would interest the whole family - but this is one of them. From granny in the corner to the grumpy teenager on the couch to dad who knows everything, this book has it all. It is a refreshing read, mainly because there is almost nothing to read! Each subject has been visualised and expressed with humor and wit, from rising sea levels to world domination, from types of drugs to the left vs. right on the political spectrum.

Everyone I've shown this book to loves it, and becomes a real conversation piece. Each visualisation has a whole story to tell. Hard to explain but easy to understand once you see it. Trust me, you'll love this book and so will the somebody your thinking of getting it for. And if you haven't seen it yet yourself you're in for a real treat!

(Oh and this is the same book as Information is Beautiful which is the UK version - so don't make the same mistake I did and buy both!)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By themickel on January 25, 2013
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Seeing the author on TED, I was intrigued and bought the book. Then I bought it two more times to give as a present. Fantastic design, captivating data, and a pithy humor all thrown together.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Laurence on July 6, 2013
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The Visual Miscellaneum presents information with incredible creativity. The use of color, shape, and size is wonderful. I have re-read the whole book more than once and shared it with many friends. The graphs cover all kinds of topics from film to religion to politics to the environment. The very last chart, which portrays the author's creative process in creating the book, is particularly ingenious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol Zigulich on November 21, 2013
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The recipient was into the book immediately. He didn't put it down. This item is the only thing I 've see compete with his smart phone for attention. hah.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kortenzi on January 1, 2015
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I had high hopes given other recommendations, but there were several problems with this book. The biggest issue was that several of the graphics were not labeled. On one of the pages describing carbon emissions, there were images that lacked the amount of carbon emissions. It's pretty to look at, but it really needed another round of editing. The other big problem was that there were lots of infographics from 2008 and 2009--it felt very out of date. The resources the author used was almost entirely wikipedia--A great resource to find information, but not the most inclusive resource. I thought revised and updated would have been revised and updated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RC on March 29, 2015
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A note for parents: this book has some content about sexuality that you might not want to become the framework for questions from a ten-year-old. It is also not exactly an even-handed/respectful presentation of some religious beliefs. If you're a person who wouldn't leave a Time or Atlantic magazine lying around because you don't want your kid to bump into the kind of topics they commonly contain, you probably wouldn't put this book on your coffee table either.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Fouquette on January 4, 2013
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I love good design and good science. This book is full of fascinating, arcane pieces of information presented in beautiful ways. The brain easily grasps visual information (50% of our brains is devoted to processing visual information). It's much easier to grasp sizes and comparisons when they're presented graphically than in words and numbers. The Billion-Dollar-O-Gram is startling. I gave it to people for Christmas and all kinds of people loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kat on October 29, 2013
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Love this book, it's given me a lot of ideas to make my work more interesting and easy to understand for my clients. I love it and it's inspiring. The information in this book is also very interesting too!
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