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Reinventing the Wheel: A Design History of the Circle as a Visual Metaphor for Information
Reinventing the Wheel: A Design History of the Circle as a Visual Metaphor for Information

How nature’s perfect shape came to contain the imperfections of the human condition.

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Flannery O’Connor’s Little-Known Cartoons
Flannery O’Connor’s Little-Known Cartoons

“Everything has its testing point in the eye, and the eye is an organ that eventually involves the whole personality, and as much of the world as can be got into it.”

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Mondrian Meets Euclid: An Eccentric Victorian Mathematician’s Masterwork of Art and Science
Mondrian Meets Euclid: An Eccentric Victorian Mathematician’s Masterwork of Art and Science

Math in primary colors and graphic design before there was graphic design.

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Fritz Kahn: The Little-Known Godfather of Infographics
Fritz Kahn: The Little-Known Godfather of Infographics

How a German gynecologist transformed science into visual poetry and laid the foundations of modern information graphics.

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Self-Portrait as Your Traitor: A 21st-Century Illuminated Manuscript
Self-Portrait as Your Traitor: A 21st-Century Illuminated Manuscript

“One must have a reason for reflection — an eye to admire variations.”

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Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized
Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized

The early bird gets the Pulitzer … sort of.

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The 13 Best Art and Design Books of 2013
The 13 Best Art and Design Books of 2013

Imaginative maps, illuminating infographics, literary cats, vintage Soviet propaganda, Gertrude Stein’s favorite objects, and other treats for eye and spirit.

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The Creative Pace of the 20th Century’s Greatest Authors, Visualized
The Creative Pace of the 20th Century’s Greatest Authors, Visualized

A visual taxonomy of lives and literary greatness.

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The Geography of Great Literature, in Hand-Lettered Typography
The Geography of Great Literature, in Hand-Lettered Typography

Twain, Didion, Thoreau, White, McCarthy, Eugenides.

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Little Boy Brown: A Lovely Vintage Ode to the Loneliness of Childhood
Little Boy Brown: A Lovely Vintage Ode to the Loneliness of Childhood

A timeless story of humanity and belonging, wrapped in a charming time-capsule of a bygone era.

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