We find ourselves in the era of big data, a time when information moves faster than ever, and infographics provide us with quick, often influential bursts of insight—into the environment, politics, social issues, health, sports, arts and culture, and more. The Best American Infographics captures the finest examples, from the past year, of this mesmerizing new way of seeing and understanding our world.

The guest introducer, David Byrne, known as the force behind Talking Heads and later as creator of the highly-regarded record label Luaka Bop, has published and exhibited visual art for more than a decade. His latest book, How Music Works, is published by McSweeney’s. The Best American Infographics is the newest volume in the acclaimed Best American series. It is available from Amazon, or you may purchase it from the publisher, B&N, Powell’s, Indiebound, BAM, or your favorite local bookstore. And check out the animated video trailer.

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NPR Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller

“Making Sense of Science Infographics,” interview on NPR’s Science Friday. Listen here, and see the related article here.

Why Abraham Lincoln Loved Infographics,” by Gareth Cook at

David Byrne on the Art-Science of Storytelling,” by Maria Popova at Brain Pickings

13 of the Year’s Best Infographics,” by Kyle Vanhemert at  

We’re Submitting this for the 2014 Edition,” in New York magazine

The Best American Infographics 2013” on Kottke

Charting a New Course: The Best American Infographics 2013,” by S. I. Rosenbaum in Boston magazine

Eight of the Year’s Most Creative Infographics,” by Carey Dunne in Fast Co. Design

Talk Explores Origins and Uses of Infographics,” by Carolynn Cong in the Brown Daily Herald

The Best American Infographics,” by Jen Christiansen at

All Hail the Best American Infographics,” at Collective Next

The Best American Infographics Compiled in New Book,” in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The Best American Infographics 2013,” at Statpics

Design Ideas: The Best American Infographics,” by Mary Louise Schumacher, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal

Artist Andrew Kuo on ‘The Best American Infographics 2013‘,” at Blouin ArtInfo

Wind: Powerful Infographic Shows Energy Potential,” by David Denelski

The Best American Infographics Video Trailer,” by Drew Skay at

Best American Infographics 2013,” by John Nelson at UX.Blog

The Best American Infographics 2013,” by Arthur Buxton

Book Tour

7 pm, Wednesday, October 9, 2013. Launch Event and Reception: Rubin Museum of Art, New York City. A public event with Gareth and many of the winners.

7pm, Thursday, October 10, 2013. Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY. A free public event, with special guests from Atavist.

7pm, Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA. A free public event, with Dan Zedek, design director of the Boston Globe.

8pm, Wednesday, November 20, 2013. “Infographics: The Origins and Future of Visual Thinking,” lecture and book signing. Brown University, Macmillan 115 auditorium, in the GeoChem Building 156 George St., Providence, RI.