- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Harper Design; Csm edition (November 10, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061748366
- ISBN-13: 978-0061748363
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World’s Most Consequential Trivia Csm Edition
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“Dangerous…to have on your desk if you have other work to get done….[T]he visuals will draw you in, and the sharpness of the questions some of them attempt to answer—and the efficiency with which they can communicate complex comparisons in a single page—will keep you hooked.” (Omnivoracious)
“For those drowning in the digital age’s information glut, Visual Miscellaneum, the new eye-popping book of infographics …makes the perfect antidote. … By turns alarming and humorous in its revelations, it’s a timely, if meandering, look at the state of our world.” (Coolhunting.com)
“...like a Harper’s Index that’s sprung to life....For a book that’s as much about the online universe as it is a product of it, The Visual Miscellaneum is surprisingly timeless....The Visual Miscellaneum is not only required reading, but a book that rewards any number of re-reads.” (EyeWeekly.com)
From the Back Cover
The Visual Miscellaneum is a unique, groundbreaking look at the modern information age, helping readers make sense of the countless statistics and random facts that constantly bombard us. Using cutting edge graphs, charts, and illustrations, David McCandless creatively visualizes the world's surprising relationships and compelling data, covering everything from the most pleasurable guilty pleasures to how long it takes different condiments to spoil to world maps of Internet search terms.
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If you want it simply for graphic art appeal, it may satisfy you; however some of the designs wouldn't work even if the were comprehensible labels and good sources as there's simply no room within or around the shapes to accommodate carrying the information that would be needed.
It's also worth noting that some of the graphs (e.g., ones on favorite rock bands) appear to show information from the UK's population and not the USA's.
Suffice it to say, McCandless is a graphic designer, not a data creative.
One word of warning: There are a few graphs dealing with adult themes, and at least one of them contains info-graphic style depictions of sexual organs. I didn't see anything raunchy; but if you are sensitive you should take note. As a conservative Christian, I didn't feel that the contents would be inappropriate for a high school or college library; but it might earn a PG rating.
There is so much to see and process in this book that I have not finished it yet. But the moment I took it out of the Amazon box, I could hardly put it down. Seriously, I stood there and perused the whole book on the spot.
However, on the latest Kindle Fire 8" it's not possible to re-size the graphics ... at least in any typical way I am used to.
However...I can resize them when viewing the book in the Windows Kindle app...
If you're interested in these kinds of facts and see them neatly visualized, buy this book or check out David's blog (see above). This book has entertained me for quite some time now and my friends are already fighting over who may borrow it first..
By the way, my was printed correctly, no missing pages.
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Also a great coffee table book.