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About the Author

Kim Baer, is principal of Los Angeles-based design studio KBDA, which she founded in 1982.

The firm's client list ranges from nonprofit organizations, such as the Prostate Cancer Foundation, UCLA, and Chamber Music Los Angeles, to consumer-oriented companies, such as Nike, Nissan, and Hilton Hotels.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers; Reprint edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592536271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592536276
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:35 Mins
Infographic artists or graphic designers who create designs to communicate ideas to people should like this book.

The summary on the preface accurately describes this book and I'll quote it here.

This book:
- Leads you through the mindset and kind of thinking that support good information design.
- Gives you an overview of the type of processes and tools you can use to create effective information design.
- Shows real-world examples of successful products
- Presents interviews with some of the premier practitioners working in the field today.

This book talks about high level concepts to give an overview to information design. The first four chapters explains the need for effective design and provides lots of examples where they are used, and how helpful they are. Some examples include direct mail, litigation graphics, etc. Interviewees relates on what works and what doesn't through their own experience.

There are several tools include to help designers. They include personas and scenario simulation, research and testing and even mundane stuff like using plain language. Of course not all might relate to everyone. I'm a newspaper artist and I don't do testing for every graphic that I produce. But they do give results for tests conducted, which can be applied to different fields.

One chapter is devoted to design principles with examples from all medium.

The last five chapters are the case studies. Each touches on a different medium and each comes with 6 real life success stories. That's 30 set of experience from the industry you can learn from.

I'll like to conclude that this book practices what it preaches. The information on the pages is laid out nicely and easy to absorb.
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As an information designer and interaction designer, I was disappointed in the book. It was clearly written for graphic designers by a graphic designer, treats information design as a flavor (or at most, an extension) of graphic design, and consists largely of the standard portfolio-show-off fare that you'll find in so many graphic design books.

It is very, very basic. The page-to-insight ratio is quite low. Normally, I'm underlining and circling things all the time in books as I read them; I doubt that I circled more than half a dozen things in the entire 230+ pages. One of those half-dozen was an excellent analogy likening good information design to an uneventful flight.

The material about user-centered design is not inaccurate, but it is dismaying to realize that the book's target audience is visual designers who have apparently never considered that satisfying the needs of end users might be more important than indulging their own egos. Any practicing information designer who has to be told such basics as though they were insights is in big trouble.

You'll get a lot more out of the books of Edward Tufte, Stephen Few, and Richard Saul Wurman.
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This is a very good book in general, but the Kindle version was disappointing. The illustrations, which are often detailed charts are fuzzy when enlarged. Why couldn't higher resolution versions been included in the electronic version? For a book about Information Design, not taking that extra step is disappointing.
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This is one of those books I want all my friends, colleagues and former professors to read, but I'm too scared to loan out the copy for fear they won't return it.

It is packed with useful tips, ideas, and stories, not just from the author but from information designers and agencies around the world. It's a great resource to know how processes work, what their problems are, and also who is actually out there setting the standards.

The effort the author makes to collaborate with others working in the field and to share their points of view rather than to just preach her own thoughts is what sets this book a notch above the rest.

It's a great book, whether you read it cover to cover, or use it as a source of information and inspiration. Highly recommended.
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I was required to read this for class and found it to be pretty good writing, supported with strong examples of the designs that are related to what was being discussed. However, the formatting for the Kindle version was pretty bad and with a lot of errors. When something was being discussed the examples would be on several different pages and wasn't scaled correctly. I feel this is a decent book but if I'd read it in hard copy form I'd like it even more--and would have gained more knowledge from it.
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I was hoping for more interactive case studies, but there's lots of good information here about how to think about your next data visualization project. The book is beautifully designed, and you'll enjoy flipping through the pages as much as reading the text.

The title is slightly misleading in that I thought a "workbook" would contain specific exercises. I didn't see any in my first flip through the book, so if they're there, it's a failure of design that they're aren't easier to pick out. That said, it' still a useful book to help kick start your next projects.
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