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4.6 out of 5 stars

on 29 May 2013
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. If I have two criticisms, it's that (first) many of the graphics have been reproduced over double page spreads, and because of the spine of the book, it makes it very difficult to read them. And (second) some of the diagrams are virtually impossible to read because the text is so small. These minor flaws don't detract from what is an excellent book.
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on 20 February 2014
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....
it's THAT BIG !!! It's 2" thick (really), 15" tall by 10" wide, that is, 5 x 38 x 25 cm, and the book weighs 7.14 lb, that is a little under 3.6 kg!

And then the design and the graphics, I have never seen anything so exquisitely, stunningly beautiful!
Even if you're not so much 'into Information Graphics', but do love Art, go and buy yourself this book, for the ridiculously low price you pay, seen its sheer size and content.

And I must admit, I'm so blown away, that I haven't even start READING the book....!

No doubt, it must be awesome. And if not, well then I'll still cherish the book for its sheer beauty.
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on 26 June 2013
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 fairly quickly by courier But I was just surprised at the size of it but other than that it is a great book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about information Graphics.
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on 1 October 2015
I recommend this book for any designers who are in need for infographic inspirations. This book is filled with different styles in visually communicating your ideas. This is definitely worth purchasing as part of your collection!
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on 4 November 2013
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!
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on 15 December 2015
Love this book. Good for graphic design inspirations.
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on 20 October 2013
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
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on 24 May 2014
This was a birthday present for my daughter who's about to study Graphic Design at uni. She absolutely loves this book.
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on 21 February 2013
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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on 14 June 2013
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. This is definitely a book for people who are interested in data visualisation.
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