184 pages, 9.87 × 7.5 × 0.51 in
October 8, 2013
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0547973373
ISBN - 13: 9780547973371
Read from the Book
Introduction by David Byrne What a thrill and pleasure it was to be asked to write this introduction. I love these infographic things, and welcomed the excuse to think about them some more. I was not a judge in this selection, but I spent a good few days examining many infographics that did and didn’t make it into the final selected group — some of the best of which are interactive and some of the others designed for broadsheet newspapers with their giant pages or four-page foldouts in glossy magazines. Despite the change in context, you’ll be able to make sense of most of the wonderful work going on in this odd corner of the workplace, where assignments to include a lot of information battle it out with a publication’s available space, printing specs, web technology, and deadlines. The very best of these, in my opinion, engender and facilitate an insight by visual means — allow us to grasp some relationship quickly and easily that otherwise would take many pages and illustrations and tables to convey. Insight seems to happen most often when data sets are crossed in the design of the piece — when we can quickly see the effects on something over time, for example, or view how factors like income, race, geography, or diet might affect other data. When that happens, there’s an instant "Aha!" — we can see how income affects or at least correlates with, for example, folks’ levels of education. Or, less expectedly, we might, for example, see how rainfall seems to have a profou
From the Publisher
The rise of infographics across virtually all print and electronic media-from a striking breakdown of classic cocktails to a graphic tracking 200 influential moments that changed the world to visually arresting depictions of Twitter traffic-reveals patterns in our lives and our world in fresh and surprising ways. In the era of big data, where information moves faster than ever, infographics provide us with quick, often influential bursts of art and knowledge-on the environment, politics, social issues, health, sports, arts and culture, and more-to digest, to tweet, to share, to go viral.
The Best American Infographics captures the finest examples from the past year, including the ten best interactive infographics, of this mesmerizing new way of seeing and understanding our world.
About the Author
Series editor GARETH COOK is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a contributor to the New York Times Magazine , and the editor of Mind Matters, Scientific American 's neuroscience blog. He helped invent the Boston Globe 's Sunday Ideas section and served as its editor from 2007 to 2011. His work has also appeared on NewYorker.com and in Wired , Scientific American , and The Best American Science and Nature Writing . DAVID BYRNE is a renowned artist, the force behind the Talking Heads and creator of the highly regarded record label Luaka Bop. He is a photographer, film director, and author.
"Not only is it a thing of beauty it’s also a good read, with thoughtful explanations of each winning graphic and an entertaining forward by David Byrne."