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

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The Visual Miscellaneum is a unique, groundbreaking look at the modern information age, helping readers make sense of the countless statistics and random facts that constantly bombard us. Using cutting edge graphs, charts, and illustrations, David McCandless creatively visualizes the world's surprising relationships and compelling data, covering everything from the most pleasurable guilty pleasures to how long it takes different condiments to spoil to world maps of Internet ...

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Overview

The Visual Miscellaneum is a unique, groundbreaking look at the modern information age, helping readers make sense of the countless statistics and random facts that constantly bombard us. Using cutting edge graphs, charts, and illustrations, David McCandless creatively visualizes the world's surprising relationships and compelling data, covering everything from the most pleasurable guilty pleasures to how long it takes different condiments to spoil to world maps of Internet search terms.

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Editorial Reviews

Omnivoracious
“Dangerous…to have on your desk if you have other work to get done….[T]he visuals will draw you in, and the sharpness of the questions some of them attempt to answer—and the efficiency with which they can communicate complex comparisons in a single page—will keep you hooked.”
Coolhunting.com
“For those drowning in the digital age’s information glut, Visual Miscellaneum, the new eye-popping book of infographics …makes the perfect antidote. … By turns alarming and humorous in its revelations, it’s a timely, if meandering, look at the state of our world.”
EyeWeekly.com
“...like a Harper’s Index that’s sprung to life....For a book that’s as much about the online universe as it is a product of it, The Visual Miscellaneum is surprisingly timeless....The Visual Miscellaneum is not only required reading, but a book that rewards any number of re-reads.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061748363
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/17/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 500,661
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David McCandless is an award-winning writer and journalist. His work has appeared in over 30 magazines in the UK and the US and all over the web. He currently works as creative consultant for Orange and the BBC and writes about the Internet, underground culture and ‘anything interesting' for Wired and The Guardian.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    Colorful & engrossing infographic collection

    Well worth browsing, this is the uber-coffee table book. Entertaining as a casual read, it also holds up to deeper perusal. These "infographics" combine modern graphical design with the latest statistics, culture, and sciences (both hard and soft). However, the author emphasizes the "relationship between facts, the context, the connections that make information meaningful" and in so doing, breathes life into the pages.

    David McCandless has dived deep into a notably eclectic set of topics: Pop, Web, Thought, Food, Power, Life, Nature, Science, Health, Film, Media, and Music. It is pretty much guaranteed any Barnes & Noble reader will be intrigued by several of these topics and their respective infographics.

    In lieue of discussing individual pages, I direct you to his often-updated website: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/

    If you like what you see there, grab this book. David M's website is bonus content, since it goes above and beyond the book's contents.

    Some reviewers may note that there are a handful of typographical/ coloration errors in the middle of the book. This is true, but was not a deal-breaker for me as they comprise much less than 1% of the book's total content. Some critics are myopic in their nitpicking. I've already purchased this book once as a gift, and may do so again.

    Highly recommended.

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    Posted February 8, 2010

    Pretty hard to rate & review the book when we have not received this book yet. So when is this book I ordered before Christmas going to be shipped.

    Same as headline review.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    best coffee table book I've ever seen

    excellent. fun. very creating

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Very creative and visually powerful

    This makes a great coffeetable material for general, easy viewing. Definitely interesting and is more like a trivia book-very well done. Best presentation of data.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    Visually innovative, it's a "can't put it down" collection

    If you are a data geek, enjoy trivial data, and are visual in learning style,(or an auditory learner), this book is a "must buy". Packed with information on a very wide variety of topics of high interest, I bought it for my gifted grandson, and ended up not being able to put it down myself. Presented graphically, interesting information about meaningful topics such as religions of the world can be visually assimilated quickly. The graphic design of each presentation is in and of itself a masterpiece of artistic talent.

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