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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Portico (18 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906032009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906032005
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 0.8 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 876,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm a London-based author, data-journalist and information designer, working across print, advertising, TV and web. My book and blog Information Is Beautiful is dedicated to visualising ideas, issues, knowledge and data. All powered by my passion for discovering new patterns and stories in the seas of data swamping and surrounding us.

I started my career as a writer for cult video games magazines in the late 80s, hacking into games and penning a programming column. Over the next 25 years, I've worked as a journalist, conceptual copywriter, web editor, creative director and comedy writer. I've had pieces exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Wellcome Trust gallery in London, and at the Tate Britain. I have an occasional column on the Guardian's Datablog.

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"You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll realise you didn't cry at all but simply laughed again" -- Charlie Brooker, 2007

Book of the Month: 5/5 stars

"top-notch comedy...incisive writing and minute attention to detail...If only the internet was this entertaining." -- Boys Toys Magazine, November 2007

About the Author

David McCandless is an award-winning writer, journalist, and copywriter. He has written for "The Guardian," the "Independent," "Maxim," "Stuff," and "Wired"; and has won two Webby awards.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RC VINE VOICE on 24 Sep 2007
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This is a laugh out loud, gaffaw a plenty style book. Absolutely hilarious - there are millions of jokes on every page. Some are so obvious you can't help but think there cannot be anymore in the book, but actually it is the one liners that really made me laugh. The detail is incredible.
The book is a spoof of the internet pages we have grown to love, loathe, hate or just become ambivalent too. Google, Apple and Amazon will suddenly never be the same after reading this book. A must for anyone that likes a good joke, or thousands.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Oct 2007
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This is the time of year when publishers put out their stocking filler illustrative humour books, usually tied to a celebrity name for better sales. Mostly they are poor efforts that end up as stockroom dust-catchers in the early months of the new year. This book I'm happy to say is way above the dross.

David McCandless and crew have really done their homework because this is a visual treat to look at. Websites are generally a mixture of photos, graphics and words in different colours and types and if you want to make fun of them you better make sure they look convincing and in this book they are really impressive. The page you are reading right now is in the book as amasszone.com, the right types, colours and layout for the book: `Notes from the Superhighway' by Bill Bison. The Guardian ends up as PreserverLimited and looking of course just like the papers site. For the ladies check out justByou.co.uk, YouTube fans click into YouFlue and everyones favourite search engine Bahoogle gets a brilliant five pages.

So it all looks like the real thing, how does it read? As classy as it looks. The word mavens have avoided the easy lads mag route (which I always thought was one of the big let downs in most illustrative humour books) and delivered some quality satirical writing.

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This is a wonderful collection of spoof webpages that focuses on the more ridiculous sides of the internet, form internet shopping to internet dating and a hard copy alternative to the email. It is brilliantly carried out, with the real pages designed to imitate the webpages they are copying. You will find all of the best web stereotypes and maybe you will start to wonder why you spend so much time in the worlds biggest time wasting machine - After all here I am on the internet writing this review.
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