Frankly, I have found most books about graphics in the information age to be riddled with hyperbole, poorly designed, and vastly overpriced. After looking at many of these books, I typically pull out my dog-eared copy of Edward Tufte's Visual Display of Quantitative Information
to clear my visual and conceptual palettes. However, Information Architects
, edited by Richard Saul Wurman with contributions by 20 masters in the visual display of information deserves to be on the same shelf as Tufte's masterpieces. Nor does this book shout a simplistic "Cyberspace über alles!": there's great material in here about the importance of informational design in physical spaces and virtual interfaces, and train tracks and track balls. Very highly recommended.
3nformation architecture is about taking complex information and conveying it as simply as possible. This book focuses on the work of graphic designers, illustrators and photographers, and seeks to convey the essence and simplicity at the core of their design work.
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