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Information Graphics [Hardcover]

Sandra Rendgen , Julius Wiedemann
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Book Description

25 Mar 2012
Seeing is understanding.

How complex ideas can be communicated via graphics.

Einstein once said: "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."

The amount of data we deal with today is overwhelming for everyone, from newspaper readers to laboratory scientists. The good news is that there are professionals that dedicate their time and lives to helping people understand complex situations, data sets, or even simple schemes that can be communicated much easier via a drawing than with words.

The book presents a historical perspective to the subject, highlighting the work of the masters of the profession who have created a number of breakthroughs that were eventually adopted as new visual ways to communicate.

Advice from leading professionals such as Nigel Holmes, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Richard Saul Wurman, and Simon Rodgers is also included. Following an in-depth introduction are over 400 examples of works, each with a fact sheet and an explanation of methods and objectives.

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Product details

  • 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: 37.7 x 25.6 x 4.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,869 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Data daze 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning data infographics 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Great book (I think), pity about the damage 30 Oct 2013
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The book itself looks absolutely great - huge, looks beautiful, good choice of examples. I'd probably have given it 5 stars (once I'd finished reading it) if I hadn't been sent not 1 but now 2 faulty copies, the first with a bad cut and dent on the cover edge, the second with about 4 square inch tear on one page. Both of these were inside the shrink wrap, which wasn't damaged (and the packing was fine) and they look like production faults rather than something Amazon did, which reflects pretty badly on the publishers of what's obviously supposed to be a prestigious book. I've just returned the second copy, asking for another replacement. So, if you do order it, make sure to check it carefully for damage once it arrives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 6 Nov 2012
By Vanessa
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and inspirational 21 Feb 2013
By BGunter
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 2 Feb 2013
By Jahrod
This is a really fantastic book for any lover of infographics. A great addition to have alongside other graphics' books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book you can buy for the price! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A huge book 20 Aug 2012
By B. Cole
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, enormously sized book at an almost ridiculously low price!
I ordered this book because, well, of course, I'm new and interested in the subject.
When the book arrived, I actually asked the postman if the parcel were for me.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Victor Van Dijk
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
This book was a gift for my partner to use as a creative tool for work. It is absolutely beautiful! Worth every penny. Presentation and content are just fab!
Published 5 months ago by lily blythe
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
This is truly a beautiful and very inspring book, showbink how the communicatiepunt of statisticus and information van be a work of art. in itself
Published 6 months ago by P. Heesterbeek
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining&informative
A really well assembled and written book that provides good information while also being a great pastime. Read more
Published 6 months ago by KAI HEIKKINEN
4.0 out of 5 stars informative but Bigger than I expected
I Bought this book because I wanted to learn more about information Graphics undoubtedly this book is packed full of useful information throughout each chapter, It was shipped... Read more
Published 10 months ago by George Clooney
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual delight
It's a visual delight with tons of info-graphics to enjoy. For a info-graphic artist it's only to explore the solutions and dig into "why"... and be inspired
Published 10 months ago by jens josefsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with this book
Very good. First off all, the printing quality is amazing so the graphics come out very well. The essays in the beginning of the book are quite interesting as well. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Thinksamuel
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
This book is amazing, I recommend it to all who like infographics, the book is very large and looks great. Very fast shipping!
Published 10 months ago by Luis
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Its a gorgeous book, bigger than I expected (in terms of size not content or number of pages) but beautifully assembled and looks great on a shelf or a coffee table.
Published 14 months ago by BP
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