Taschen’s Information Graphics book is the most comprehensive I have seen concerned with modern (and historic) data visualisation. The book itself is worthy of its own infographic as it weights about 5kg and spans nearly 500 pages to include “200 projects and over 400 examples of contemporary information graphics from all over the world—ranging from journalism to art, government, education, business and much more”. Maps feature heavily in the book with examples from the New York Times Graphics Department’s coverage of presidential elections, Axis Map’s brilliant typographic maps of Chicago and Boston, Eric Fischer’s Flickr maps, and National Geographic’s award winning World of Rivers (below). The production quality (as you would expect from Taschen) is very high and there is not a pixelated image in sight. I found the book extremely interactive with many fold-out pages to explore and colour coding according to theme (Location, Time, Category, Hierarchy). With most of us consuming graphics largely on-screen it is nice to see them compiled in printed form.
My biggest concern about some previous books on infographics (and much of what is available online) relates to their uncritical promotion as brilliant ways of displaying factual information based on complex data. I was therefore pleased to see that in her introduction,