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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Benedikt Taschen Verlag; Har/Pstr M edition (25 Mar 2012)
  • Language: French, English, German
  • ISBN-10: 3836528797
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836528795
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 4.7 x 37.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandra Rendgen is an art historian who has worked for both print and interactive media. After completing her studies in Amsterdam and Berlin, she has contributed as a picture editor to German magazines and newspapers, such as Vanity Fair, Die Welt am Sonntag, and to TASCHEN's Interiors Now! As an editor, she develops interactive media installations for various museums and institutions.


Julius Wiedemann was born in Brazil, studied graphic design and marketing, and was an art editor for digital and design magazines in Tokyo. His many TASCHEN digital and media titles include Illustration Now!, Advertising Now, Logo Design, and Brand Identity Now!

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 April 2012
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Look at all the amazing graphics in this huge book and it's hard to imagine that the original data existed just as numbers and text, in black and probably printed on white paper. Some very clever designers have managed to turn this raw data into beautiful eye-catching images. It's not only numbers into charts though, several pages show diagrams that interpret a situation: Improvised Explosive Devices in Afghanistan (pages 144-145) or the Tour de France (page 193) for example.

The first ninety-six pages (printed on a shorter page width) with four essays, look at the background and history of charts and diagrams. The best I thought was by Simon Rogers of the Guardian with an interesting overview of data and the press. To go with the essays (in English, French and German) there are sixty-four illustrations as a visual timeline from 1144 BC to 2010. This includes a couple of old favourites, Minard's wonderful flow map of Napoleon's retreat from Moscow and Harry Beck's 1933 London Underground map.

The main section of the book is in four parts: Location; Time; Category; Hierarchy. Each explores graphics with generously sized images on the page and detailed sections where the original was quite large or a poster. The work is from the last ten years with a long caption to explain the concept and an additional caption for technical detail: project info; data source; research; design; illustration. I thought the range of material within the four sections very impressive and incredibly wide ranging, though predictably, some of the graphics really do appear to be unreadable (but pretty looking).

Once again Taschen have chosen a subject and given it their usual thorough treatment with a comprehensive editorial in a beautifully produced book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G Marwaha on 29 May 2013
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It's quite hard to write a review that does this book (or should it be tome?) justice. It's big, beautiful and stunning. If you're interested in visual communication, and how to illustrate data in graphical form, then this book is for you.

It's a huge book - this isn't one for bedtime reading. The first part of the book is printed on smaller width paper and features essays by Richard Saul Wurman, Simon Rogers and Paolo Ciuccarelli - all look at data in some shape or form, be it understanding data, how data changes journalism, or turning data and visualisations into stories. All the essays are insightful - for me, the most interesting one was Rogers' essay (as a former journalist, I was very intrigued by what he had to say on data and modern journalism). The essays are in English, French and German.

The bulk of the book is dedicated to all manner of infographics and data visualisations. It's split into four categories - Location, Time, Category and Hierarchy. There is barely a subject that isn't covered - hunting whales, choosing a typeface, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Biofuels, City Waste Management, Fraud, Governments, Tax, Sports, Swine Flu - the list is endless. Some graphics are accompanied by explanation text, while others are granted a short caption. These are the types of illustrations you're likely to see in everyday life (news/broadcasting websites, consumer websites, global brand websites etc) as opposed to academic text books.

A lot of credit needs to go to the publishers and the team that put this book together - it must have been a labour of love. You cannot fail to be inspired by the contents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa on 6 Nov 2012
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It's impressive!!! Perfect packaging. Recommended for fans of data visualisation. I'd been waiting for this book a lot of time and it's not disappointing at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BGunter on 21 Feb 2013
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Bought this for a relative who is a graphic artist who finds it both an interesting read and a source of inspiration
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jahrod on 2 Feb 2013
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This is a really fantastic book for any lover of infographics. A great addition to have alongside other graphics' books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TE on 30 Dec 2012
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This book is massive! but the content is amazing it allows you to see all kinds of diagrams and has plenty of text with each one, I would recommend it to anyone working with graphic design or any design related subjects.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Cole on 20 Aug 2012
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The most immediate, obvious and pleasing aspect of this product that you notice is the size. It's huge, simple massive. In many ways similar to Information is Beautiful, but with more writing-including a few 'essays'. This was bought as a present, and the recipient was pleased with the content.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin P. on 19 Jun 2012
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I have just received it today, this is big, this is beautiful, there is loads.
Recommended for fans of data visualisation, but also for people that likes nice books and pretty images.
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