Monday, November 30, 2009

The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia

I came across David McCandless’s The Visual Miscellaneum after receiving a request from a professor planning to use it in her Information Graphics class. Since then I’ve become increasingly engrossed in the variety of charts and graphs filled with random, helpful, humorous and timely information.

Using minimal text, this book offers different ways to visualize data on almost every conceivable subject. The Visual Miscellaneum presents an immense variety of graphics including bubble diagrams, treemaps, flowcharts, wordclouds, coxcombs and many, many more. These illustrations cover topics from the serious to the frivolous, among them:

- The popularity of certain world religions
- Which animal species are most endangered
- The most commonly cited reasons for breaking up with someone (featuring the surprisingly popular “I don’t clip my toenails enough”)
- The answer provided by different theories to the question “what is consciousness?”

With its highly engaging visual style and informative presentation of data, The Visual Miscellaneum can be a great addition for classes on media, information, graphics, and visual studies. (It would also make a great gift for fellow nerds and data junkies.) To see a few excerpts from the book, be sure to look at the author’s website.

If you are interested in adopting the text for a class, you may order an exam copy. If you have already ordered the book for a class, please order a complimentary desk copy.

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