Brain Pickings

Data Flow, The Sequel

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What seven years of eye candy have to do with the future of design in the age of data.

We love data visualization in all its forms. A few months ago, we reviewed The Visual Miscellaneum, a wonderful anthology of the most potent eye candy in one domain of data viz, infographics. Today, we’re taking a look at Data Flow 2: Visualizing Information in Graphic Design — the brilliant sequel to our favorite book on the most compelling work in all of data visualization as a broad and cross-disciplinary creative medium, from static infographics to dynamic interactive visualizations to physical data sculptures and beyond.

The book is equal parts visual indulgence and conceptual intelligence, with artwork from and interviews of the leading creators in this field of increasing cultural relevance, as information continues to proliferate and overwhelm.

Included in this tome are numerous projects we’ve featured here over the past couple of years, including Toby Ng’s The World of 100, Coriette Schoenaerts’ clothing maps of Europe, and various visualization of information inspired by the London tube map.

With contributions for Brain Pickings favorites like Manuel Lima and Aaron Koblin, the book offers a unique look at this thriving intersection of design and technology.

[This book] is extremely well done — a beautiful overview of some of the most important infographics of the last several years.” ~ Aaron Koblin

Spanning the entire spectrum of practical advice, technical insight and aesthetic inspiration, Data Flow 2 is positively the most exciting book in creative visualization this year.

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