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Visual Miscellaneum, The Revised And Updated: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia Flexibound – Oct 5 2012

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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Revised edition (Oct. 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062236520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062236524
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 880 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The bestselling classic has been revised and updated! A colorful guide to the world's most consequential trivia, The Visual Miscellaneum now includes 18 all new graphs and 23 updated ones. It is a reference book like no other helping us make sense of our world by putting the data we are bombarded with every day—health findings, technological advances, cultural touch points, war statistics—into creative visual perspective. Using cutting edge graphs, charts, and illustrations, author David McCandless creatively visualizes the world’s most surprising relationships and compelling data.

About 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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Amazing "read"... but a bit outdated in some areas.
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By Xavier Savard on Oct. 17 2015
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Really good to find inspiration for a presentation
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great Journey! Highly Recommend! Jan. 5 2013
By Cool Kat - Published on
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There's rarely a book out there that I could safely say would interest the whole family - but this is one of them. From granny in the corner to the grumpy teenager on the couch to dad who knows everything, this book has it all. It is a refreshing read, mainly because there is almost nothing to read! Each subject has been visualised and expressed with humor and wit, from rising sea levels to world domination, from types of drugs to the left vs. right on the political spectrum.

Everyone I've shown this book to loves it, and becomes a real conversation piece. Each visualisation has a whole story to tell. Hard to explain but easy to understand once you see it. Trust me, you'll love this book and so will the somebody your thinking of getting it for. And if you haven't seen it yet yourself you're in for a real treat!

(Oh and this is the same book as Information is Beautiful which is the UK version - so don't make the same mistake I did and buy both!)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Love this book Jan. 25 2013
By themickel - Published on
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Seeing the author on TED, I was intrigued and bought the book. Then I bought it two more times to give as a present. Fantastic design, captivating data, and a pithy humor all thrown together.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Ultimate Coffee Table Book July 6 2013
By J. Laurence - Published on
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The Visual Miscellaneum presents information with incredible creativity. The use of color, shape, and size is wonderful. I have re-read the whole book more than once and shared it with many friends. The graphs cover all kinds of topics from film to religion to politics to the environment. The very last chart, which portrays the author's creative process in creating the book, is particularly ingenious.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's pretty to look at Jan. 1 2015
By kortenzi - Published on
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I had high hopes given other recommendations, but there were several problems with this book. The biggest issue was that several of the graphics were not labeled. On one of the pages describing carbon emissions, there were images that lacked the amount of carbon emissions. It's pretty to look at, but it really needed another round of editing. The other big problem was that there were lots of infographics from 2008 and 2009--it felt very out of date. The resources the author used was almost entirely wikipedia--A great resource to find information, but not the most inclusive resource. I thought revised and updated would have been revised and updated.
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A hit...... Nov. 21 2013
By Carol Zigulich - Published on
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The recipient was into the book immediately. He didn't put it down. This item is the only thing I 've see compete with his smart phone for attention. hah.