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The Best American Infographics 2016 Paperback – October 4, 2016
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Introduced by Robert Krulwich of Radiolab fame, the year s most awesome (RedOrbit) infographics reveal aspects of our world in often startling ways from a haunting graphic mapping the journey of 15,790 slave ships over 315 years, to a yearlong series of postcards that records and cements a trans-Atlantic friendship.
The Best American Infographics 2016 covers the realms of social issues, health, sports, arts and culture, and politics including crisp visual data on the likely Democratic/Republican leanings ofan array of professions (proving that your urologist is far more likely to be a Republican than your pediatrician). Here once again are the most innovative print and electronic infographics the full spectrum of the genre from authoritative to playful (Scientific American).
From the Back Cover
When it comes to infographics the best work in this field grabs those eyes, keeps them glued, and the grip is sensual and often immediate. A good graphic says See what I see! and either you do or you don t. The best ones pull you right in, and won t let you go.
From the introduction by Robert Krulwich
Catapult[s] readers into a world of data designed to enthrall. Scientific American
Not only is it a thing of beauty, it s also a good read, with thoughtful explanations of each winning graphic. Nature
You ll come away with more than your share of mind-bending moments and a wide-ranging view of what infographics can do. Harvard Business Review
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However, here's some things to improve:
- A lot of graphics in the book are apparently interactive in the web. You can see from the description and the UI of the graphics. Maybe some people read this book as an art selection of the graphics, but I also see it as an interesting tool, which give me a lot of knowledge I would usually not look into. During the reading I often find myself curious about the detailed content of the graphics, which is hard to present in the print version. So, it would be really nice to include the original link of those graphics, or even better, a barcode of those urls.
- Similar to my first point, some of the graphics are lack of legend, which prevent me from understanding better of the information they are trying to present.
Maybe it is just me, but I do feel like this year's book has more interactive graphics than the previous versions. A handful of the visualizations are much more fun if you go to the website and play with them, but to the author's credit he still makes all of them very informative just via one snapshot.
“The Best American Infographics 2016, edited by Gareth Cook is a beautiful presentation of well over a hundred presentations of information in a multitude of pictorial form. The selection was made primarily on the quality of formatting of the information into graphical form. There is no attempt to do other than display a wide array of imaginative, and in most cases, clear communication of the data.
The book is well formatted for its purpose. The graphs are beautifully and clearly presented. It affords hours of pleasure just sitting down and enjoying the wonderful examples of imaginative communication. Yes, one can learn lots of miscellaneous information from this book and that is also lots of fun. But the whole point of the book is a display of imaginative communicative tools. And that it does very well.
Give this book as a gift to everyone you know!