Information is beautiful

Information is beautiful (McCandless 2009, p. 151) - close up

Information is beautiful (McCandless 2009, p. 151)

I had the great pleasure of attending a talk during the Brighton Festival by the author and journalist David McCandless, expanding on the joys of making information beautiful.

A man with a loathing of pie charts (I’m with you there, Mr M!), David’s website www.informationisbeautiful.net and books show how you can present information in a witty way, with plenty of “no way… really?” moments.

 

Returning from the talk, and having taken some time to browse the website, my favourites are:

Wikipedia’s lamest edit wars http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/wikipedia-lamest-edit-wars/

(N.B. As a person who shares a home with two cats, I would call them “My Feline Overlords”)

Who really spends the most on their military http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2010/who-really-spends-the-most-on-their-military/

and

How did we die in the 20th century http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/20th-century-death/

but there is plenty to tickle your funny bone and exercise your brain, particularly if you – like me – really struggle to conceive of those millions/billions-type stats.

We have the book in stock too – yay! http://capitadiscovery.co.uk/port/items?query=David+McCandless

Kath Shakespeare

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