Book Review: Information Graphics

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This is one humongous book on infographics put out by Taschen. It's 480 pages and it's heavy so there could be additional weight surcharge depending on where you're shipping to.

As an artist at the newspaper, I also create infographics occasionally. I bought this book for reference. It's a good reference with lots of examples. But there are some things to take note.

The infographics presented are rather heavy on data. There can be a case of too much information in an infographic. Some are rather complex, and most definitely drawn with the help of computer programming. While they can look spectacular, I'm not sure if readers will be overwhelmed by the complexity and skip reading it. So we are unable to know whether they are effective or not. The accompanying text just provides information on what the infographics is about but not the thought process that goes behind.

The examples are from a huge variety of publications, mainly magazines and websites. I'm actually hoping for more newspaper infographics but there aren't a lot compared to other forms of publication, but you can get The Best of Newspaper Design books for that.

Overall, it's a great visual reference. There are many interesting ways of presenting information. That should inspire some ideas.

The book's written in English, German and French.

Information Graphics is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

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