- Flexibound: 256 pages
- Publisher: Harper Design (October 21, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062188224
- ISBN-13: 978-0062188229
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Knowledge Is Beautiful: Impossible Ideas, Invisible Patterns, Hidden Connections-Visualized Flexibound – October 21, 2014
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Impossible ideas, invisible patterns, hidden connections—visualized
Deepen your understanding of the world with these mind-blowing infographics from the bestselling author of The Visual Miscellaneum
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Some of the charts are not legible. In several cases, the amount of information is so great as to force the type to a size no longer readable without the aid of a powerful magnifier. Also, in many cases, the type face is not intended to be legible in a smaller size. It is easy to see that most of the charts are really designed for a much larger space and were simply reduced for printing.
In other cases, heavy reverse colors, and obscuring background colors make image recognition almost impossible. Heavy solids with very thin reverse lines are not the best choice for lithography, though the printer seems to have favored consistent solids in deference to legibility. A lot more work went into the chart concept than went into the selection of type and color breaks. The introduction layout is so generous and easy to read as to be a miss-fit with the rest of the book.
Overall, the book is 5 stars.
Presentation is 4 (a few charts leave you wondering what question the data are meant to answer or yearning for details beyond a composite score. Also, the absence of any conclusions is irritating, albeit probably not the author's intent).
The physical format is 1 star. Spiral binding would be far superior where margins are not provided.
I ordered the print version and find the font small and hard to read in some graphics, it should definitely be a printed in a larger format. The book is so interesting it's worth the aggravation of having to use a magnifying glass here and there. I've read some complaints from the electronic version, I don't think this book is suitable for that type of format and the publishers should have never released one ( the back lash has been tremendous)