Review : The Best American Infographics, 2013

Best american infographicsThe Best American Infographics, 2013, edited by Gareth Cook. . Gr 9-Adult.

Once in awhile a book comes across my desk that really grabs my attention for its sheer uniqueness.

The Best American Infographics 2013 (edited by Gareth Cook) bills itself as providing “graphic answers to questions you didn’t think to ask.”  Indeed!  One could spend days wandering around in the contents of this fascinating book.  The rise of infographics across virtually all print and electronic media has made it an important new way of explaining patterns in our lives and in the world in surprising ways.  In the era of “big data,” infographics provide us with quick bursts of information packaged in amazing combinations of statistics, art. science, and sociology.

infographicsThis title has four sections:  You (Example:  How to Score a Seat in First Class), Us (Example:  What ESPN Likes to Talk About), the Material World (Example:  Map of a New America), and the Ten Best (Example:  The Wind Map).  The seventy examples come from a wide variety of print and electronic sources:  newspapers, magazines, blogs, web sites, etc.  Some are relatively straightforward in their presentation but most will pull the reader into a time-forgetting state of fascination.  The topics are as varied as their presentations.

This is a browser’s delight.

Guest blogger : Ann G.