The Best American Infographics 2013

The Best American Infographics 2013

Gareth Cook David Byrne Wendy MacNaughton Randall Munroe Nicholas Felton / Feb 29, 2020
The Best American Infographics The rise of infographics across virtually all print and electronic media from a striking breakdown of classic cocktails to a graphic tracking influential moments that changed the world to visually
  • Title: The Best American Infographics 2013
  • Author: Gareth Cook David Byrne Wendy MacNaughton Randall Munroe Nicholas Felton
  • ISBN: 9780547973371
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 thanThe 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 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.
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      • Gareth Cook David Byrne Wendy MacNaughton Randall Munroe Nicholas Felton

        GARETH COOK is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, columnist at the Boston Globe, and editor of Mind Matters, Scientific American s neuroscience blog.

    780 Comments

    1. Oh, infographics I have so many feelings about you I think the internet is in love with you, for better and for worse, and I don t know when that will go away, if ever This book really shows what I love and hate about infographics The best ones, really, are not just beautifully designed, but also accurate, logical, meaningful, and revelatory of the facts in a way that prose and photographic images could not convey The worst are mishmashes of facts, slickly produced to appear meaningful, but the [...]


    2. Oh no Somebody forgot to scoot the infographics out from the depths of the book s gutter Given that these are information rich layouts, a lot gets swallowed So despite the HUGE fun and smart in so many of the pieces presented here, we have an overall Fail Also, why did David Byrne need to say any of those words he said That introduction only adds to the sense that this potentially awesome book was rushed to print.


    3. Some good, some not so great Huge flaw with the book layout Any graphics that took a full spread were not properly laid out and pinched into the binding and margin so you couldn t see the full graphic In addition, a lot of the infographics were really not designed for the size of this book and the legibility suffered as a result.



    4. I teach a dataviz class for statisticians, and so I m mostly looking for exemplary examples of what you might call statistical graphics taking a spreadsheet shaped dataset, with observations in rows and variables in columns, and showing patterns insights in that.Some examples here were what I d call scientific illustration how short people dunk, how cheetahs run fast These were really informative and well done, just not what I m looking for.As for the statistical graphics this book has lots of [...]


    5. I picked up this book at my local library because I had just started a Coursera data visualization class, and the first assignment involved finding and critiquing a misleading infographic Having pored over a lot of mediocre infographics to find something particularly bad, I wanted to study some really good ones In that respect, the book did not disappoint.But, a couple of formatting issues made the book much less enjoyable than it could have been Even though it was a relatively large format pape [...]


    6. A good collection of infographics covering a variety of topics, styles, levels of execution, and publication media magazine, newspaper, online, gallery An interesting summary of the infographics of 2013 and the events of 2013 themselves.The book allows you to quickly thumb through and find interesting visuals but if you actually read the graphics you might be surprised at the time it takes you to get through the book After all, these graphics were made to present information and many of them hav [...]


    7. A variety of subjects and styles are represented, including a map from the blog I loved the Material World chapter, with its focus on science and historical subjects While I appreciated the thought and skill that went into some of the slickest, most complicated graphics, I often preferred the simpler ones that I could take in at a glance For example, the very existence of a full page flowchart titled Should I Check Email makes an instantly recognizable point.I m so used to seeing infograhpics in [...]


    8. I won this book through First Reads, and I can t wait to put it on my coffee table In some ways it s like a visual time capsule, because many of the infographics will already be dated by this time next year the one that breaks down social networks using bacon, for example, includes some icons that many people probably won t even recognize in ten years I think they re chosen well enough, though, that they ll still be interesting as time goes on.The topics covered by the infographics vary widely A [...]


    9. I received a copy of this book compliments of Houghton Mifflin through the First Reads program.A diagram of a battle aids the understanding of a description by making the relationships of the forces and their positions clear A well executed infographic works the same way and doesn t necessarily need further explanation This book offers a diversified collection of well designed infographics Yes, there are a few my brain doesn t take to immediately and the type and sometimes the lack of contrast a [...]


    10. Hmmm Some of the infographics are really interesting, entertaining, enlightening but as with other forms of print, they can be misleading I slogged my way through the introductions, which seemed somewhat interesting but wordy I don t know if this was the best format, because some of them were too hard to read and many of them disappeared into the gutter The first page of the Titanic had print way too small to read.I wonder if a book is the best place for these, although the idea of just putting [...]


    11. Received as an ARC from Houghton Mifflin.This collection of interesting infographics allows the casually intrigued to flip through in merely a couple of hours or the incredibly obsessed to spend days, weeks, months, or years analyzing the bits of data as they are artistically rendered Gareth Cook piques the readers mind from the beginning with a fluid, yet detailed, offering of his favorites from the list, while David Byrne connects with the list afficianado within us all by categorizing the boo [...]


    12. I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book through a giveaway.I was very interested reading this book, having read a number of other books in The Best American series before, and the idea of collecting the best infographics in a year is an interesting proposition Typically infographics are attached to news articles to be able to easily represent complex data easily to readers and by that nature are disposable Gareth Cook, the editor of this book, did a good job finding and presenting fasc [...]


    13. Six stars An instant hit Looking forward to this new title since Best American announced this inaugural edition, released Tuesday Infographics visual storytelling.Sixty nine fun, funny, engaging and awesome infographics, each one taking at least a two page spread An artist statement appears with each one About a dozen came from The New York Times NPR, Washington Post, National Geographic, freelance and other sources make multiple appearances.Sure these are graphics But good info and design can e [...]


    14. Received as an ARC from Houghton Mifflin.This collection of interesting infographics allows the casually intrigued to flip through in merely a couple of hours or the incredibly obsessed to spend days, weeks, months, or years analyzing the bits of data as they are artistically rendered Gareth Cook piques the readers mind from the beginning with a fluid, yet detailed, offering of his favorites from the list, while David Byrne connects with the list afficianado within us all by categorizing the boo [...]


    15. This review is part of the First Reads program Many of the infographics in this book are excellent tools for teaching analysis in the English composition classroom, which is why I was excited to receive it Portions of the book I found especially useful are Byrne s introduction, The Rules of Invention by Hagland, Matthews Ramo, and Pagels, Understanding Social Media with Bacon by Smith, A Better Food Label by Bittman, Marsh, Dorfman, Werner, and Forss, Sexism Visualized by McGill, American Educat [...]


    16. This book is quite beautiful The graphics are stunning crisp, clear, and full color images on every page It s the type of book you want to leave out for friends to flip through There are several instances, however, when the infographics are printed over two pages In these cases, the binding running through the center of the image is an unwelcome distraction The infographic about gun ownership rates actually requires you to turn the page to see all of it.At the end of the book, the author include [...]


    17. I loved the idea of this book Infographics are great It was interesting and informative and covered a wide range of subjects and styles What was most disappointing was the format of the book Often the font was a bit too small to read legibly and they also could have used a very hard look at the format There were many instances where the infographic was spread over the two pages and text and picture got lost in the book binding between It was a highly frustrating experience for something that sho [...]


    18. A great new addition to the Best American series, this is a beautiful collection of the most arresting infographics of the last year, from National Geographic to the Guardian online, these are the maps, charts and illustrations that speak louder than words the physical mechanics of dunking a basketball, the US map bloated by electoral votes, a world map proportioned by the number of Oscar nominated films set there, the workings of War Horse puppets, a 50 year tornado map, 4 kinds of dog DNA and [...]


    19. I received The Best American Infographics 2013 as part of a giveaway.Fantastically fun book that samples infographics from around the country Some are humorous The Rules of Invention, with careers being ranked on the question Can I make stuff up , others serious Topics range from the political The Amazing Morphing Campaign Money Map to the demographic America s Most Popular Birthdays to pop culture What Does ESPN Talk About and Who Reads Erotica Great book that packs a big informational punch w [...]


    20. This book was something special With no narrative, and hardly any uniform text, one would expect it to be a book fairly devoid of information In fact, it is packed cover to cover with information about the oceans, cocktails, and the way we live our lives I was pleasantly surprised by this book, expecting it to be either intellectually sterile or so full of info that it was unreadable Despite the subject matter, however, the book manages to be easily understood, with a note from each infographic [...]


    21. No surprise here the best one was by Randall Munroe of xkcd Runners up in terms of usefulness include the When are Fruits in Season and Every Cocktail A lot of these were incredibly beautiful and interesting, but were busier than I was able to really handle The few that they put in for their simplicity were almost too simple Regardless, a really cool book, especially if you work with infographics regularly I make some for the organization I work for, and they are shit, so I can appreciate how mu [...]


    22. Seemed like a poorly formed knock off of Freakonomics There was lots of data and some of it was interesting but there was little analysis or takeaway from any of the charts, graphs, pictures, etc Some of the information and graphics were things I had already heard or seen the exact images of already Only the introduction was written by David Bryne and everything else was taken from other sources I do not recommend.


    23. It s cool that people think harder about infographics than they used to Still, I have yet to see an infographic collection that rises above the mostly pretty good, and there are always a generous handful of clunkers The variable quality would be fine if there were an overall theme, but declaring this collection to be of THE BEST it s right there in the title sets us up for disappointment What we ve got here is mostly Good American Infographics, 2013.


    24. A FirstReads GoodReads Winner.Hello This book starts with a paragraph about Idaho How cool is that A wonderful look at some of the data and information of the past year It deserves 5 stars except that within a few years it will be dated but that happens with pop culture anyway.I ve put this one on the coffee table It will be a delight and conversation starter for the year to come I am sure.


    25. The designs and graphics in this book are amazing, inspiring, and unreal The concise and effective ways these artists, journalists and statisticians have found to represent data simply blow my mind I just love it when statistics can be displayed in such an artful manner At its heart, statistics exists to explain data in some context and these graphics are excellent tools to that end I wish I had posters of so many of these


    26. I m a huge fan of infographics so it was pretty easy to like this book The info graphics cover a wide range of disciplines and formats there is something for everyone here This book also makes me think everyone should take a course or courses in statistics, data analysis, research methods, etc We really need to be able to accurately interpret and analyze the vast amount of data we re given daily Overall, fun and enlightening


    27. Lots of great info graphics Some just ok I was disappointed by the amount of info that got lost due poor book design I know most of these infographics were originally designed for newspapers or magazines or screens, but there must have been a better way to fit them in a book so the reader isn t always fighting the gutter is that the right term the crease The one gatefold page was well used Would have liked to see of those.


    28. At this point I think I ve safely decided to read every annual edition of these books I ve always loved infographics and the spread throughout these collections is truly amazing There are so many things you would never think to put into an infographic, but here they are, and they re really fun to work through I m so excited to see this medium grow bring on the infographics


    29. This is a collection of visuals made from data The email flow map is hysterical as is the periodic chart of Breaking Bad deaths A lot of other random, interesting graphics are included I loved the updated nutrition label and the happiness flow chart Lots of fun and perfect for the bathroom reading.


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