Firstly, here someone worked for years to explore a topic that is so important and yet remains a mystery to most of us: Income. How much do people make? How has income evolved? Who is making more, who is making less? How is income affected by inflation?
Income is key to survival. Yet, the public debate (e.g. the shrinking middle class, the poor, the top 1% of earners) are generally treated with a lot of guessing. Today we can discuss such things with a wealth of data - and potentially get a much clearer picture. One, that people actually understand, too
This is the focus of the book and it excels in exploring the topic deeper than the usual article or even study. Because it does the whole thing visually. Catherine Mulbrandon uses her visualizations to take "snapshots" of developments relevant to income over time. She applies data as the "new camera". That process involves long, hard work - liken it to a photo reporter going into war zones to bring back "the" picture helping us to see what is happening.
Secondly, this book is a milestone to show others how to tackle questions in other fields - using data, statistics and visualization. If we would apply the same dilligence and depth, the multi-angle view on data to topics like the economy, health care, insurances, exports, imports, the state of the economy, the structure of homeownership or whatever area of interest - I am sure many people would "see" and understand such topics better.
I'm a Financial Planner, and clients are often asking questions about how they compare to the general population. I've been following Catherine's work for quite a while, and I was really excited to support her project that resulted in this book. The graphics are easy to follow, and they put lots of otherwise boring financial information into beautiful graphics. I highly recommend this wonderful work. Kickstarter