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.
“Why Abraham Lincoln Loved Infographics,” by Gareth Cook at NewYorker.com
“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 Wired.com
“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 ScientificAmerican.com
“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 Visual.ly
“Best American Infographics 2013,” by John Nelson at UX.Blog
“The Best American Infographics 2013,” by Arthur Buxton
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.