Today I have another my library post for you. The best American Infographics 2013 was gifted to me by a dear friend back in October 2013, who had come back from Chicago with this beauty. Thank you M. The book, as the title indicates, highlights the best infographics produced that year.
What is it about this type of graphics that is so engaging? Of course, it has something to do with the era of technology and big data we live in. Infographics can provide us with a quick visual synopsis of any complex subject matter. It’s a very vogue way of seeing and understanding the world we live in! I’ve chosen some of my favourites here. Each artist explains the choice of visual representation with a statement.
This book has given me many hours of pleasure. I hope you like it as much as I do!
Understanding Social Media with Bacon | Artist: Corey Smith
Statement: “I saw a picture of a whiteboard showing the same concept with donuts. I figured bacon was a bit more inspiring, and so I redesigned it with my own artwork and some variations on how a few of the social media elements were represented. I didn’t intend for this infographic to become so popular. I thought I was designing it for me.” Publication: coreysmith.ws/blog (February 13, 2012)
E-mail: help for Addicts | Artist: Wendy MacNaughton (one of my favourite illustrators)
Statement: “I usually make diagrams to make sense of things that are abstract or complex. This flowchart, however, is more about self-help. Like everyone these days, I’m drowning in e-mail. But it’s my own fault. I have three e-mail accounts. I check them at least ten times a day (more like an hour). I respond to e-mails with “How are you?,” ensuring another e-mail comes my way. I am the reason that I’m drowning. Creating this chart helped me see that I had a problem, accept it, and start on the road to recovery. Remember: unless it’s a family emergency, Don’t Check! PS: Families don’t e-mail emergencies.” Publication: Dell Inc. on Forbes.com (April 19, 2012)
How to score a seat in First Class | Artist: Sergio Peçanha
Statement: “Normally, the Travel section is packed full of pictures of wonderful places. But the cover story for this week took a look at what happens behind the scenes when you are at the gate and hoping to score a free airline upgrade. the stark differences between being pampered like royalty in first class and traveling like a sardine in economy seemed like a good opportunity to explain the complex process airlines use to determine whether you make the cut or not – and also a chance to have some fun with the graphic. One piece of trivia: The faces of the people inside the sardine can were based on those of some of my colleagues at the new York Times. The pampered King on the left side looks, coincidentally, like me.” Publication: New York Times (June 10, 2012)
How to Be Happy | Artist: Gustavo Vieira Dias
Statement: “I’m very happy to be featured in this book, and I’m glad more people will have access to this piece of work. I hope you will be able to answer ‘yes’ to the question “Is life good?” Publication: Online as a wallpaper for desktop, iPad and iPhone (January 2012)
Statement: “We built a world map showing where every nominee for the Best Picture Oscar takes place. (It included 493 films, going back to 1928). Countries and cities have been proportionally scaled to match the number of films set there, revealing that New York City is, far and away, the location most likely to get a filmmaker an Oscar. Great Britain, and especially London, are also winners. Useful tip if you’re trying to win one: Don’t make a movie in the Midwest, unless it’s in Chicago.” Publication: New York magazine (February 6, 2012)
The Breaking Bad Body Count | Artist: John D. LaRue (personal note: we’ve just finished watching all 62 episodes and are still in grieving mode)
Statement: “As an avid fan of Breaking Bad, I wanted to create something that would allow all other fans to remember details they may have forgotten. Given the show’s chemistry theme, the chemical death formulas and the “periodic Table of Death” featured at the bottom meshed well. You will notice in some cases that, instead of a figure of a person, there are icons – the head of a tortoise, a pink teddy bear – which avid fans of the show will appreciate. Everyone else: watch the show.” Publication: tdylf.com (September 2, 2012)
Please note that the spread in my book was illustrated after the 54rth episode of Breaking Bad, so didn’t account for all deaths until the very end of the show. Source of last image here.
I was thinking how fun it would be to do an infographics of a few years worth of blog posts. Anyone? I cannot recommend this book high enough to those of you who love good and intelligent infographics. Another true gem in my library!