Facts and figures aren’t usually married to design and color (unless maybe you broke out markers to do your math homework as a kid). But this new book I bought totally proves that statistics and art can live happily ever after after all.
The Visual Miscellaneum is the perfect read for someone like me (a total geek when it comes to trivia and trends, but a sucker for something beautifully or interestingly designed). David McCandless has taken “the world’s most consequential trivia” and visualized it for easier and more entertaining consumption. It caught my eye when WIRED magazine featured this excerpt showing Pantone’s official summer and winter colors for the past 8 years:
Since I’m always on the hunt for a good coffee table book / conversation starter (or even wall art – just tear out a page and throw a frame around it) I just had to buy this book. Its 200+ pages contain fun facts about history, entertainment, health, religion and even humor. There’s a Periodic Table that shows when certain condiments go bad. There’s a visual list of baby names graphed by popularity (the darker spots indicate the years where the name peaked in popularity and sometimes even suggest why). For coffee lovers, there’s a mixologist’s chart of popular java drinks (with lots of visual ideas for serving up something gourmet). And lastly, since I mentioned there’s a bit of humor mixed in, there’s an ever-important graphic entitled: Farty Animals. ‘Nuff said.
So that’s a little taste of my new favorite book. Hope you guys enjoy it. And just to be clear, no one gave us this book for free in exchange for a little write up, we bought it with our own money and thought it was so visually appealing and entertaining that we just had to share it. And the fact that some of the graphs could make awesome wall art or the book itself would be a great conversation starter on a coffee table/guest bedroom nightstand doesn’t hurt either. Oh and we’d love to hear if anyone else has found other books that might satisfy my craving for information-turned-art. Do tell.