Infographics Designers' Sketchbooksby Steven Heller, Rick Landers Published 14 Oct 2014
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We are living in a golden age of data visualization, in which designers are responding to the information overload of our digital era with astonishing feats of visual thinking. Using a wide variety of techniques, they transform complex ideas into clear, engaging, and memorable infographics. In recent years, books and websites have been collecting the field's best. While stimulating, these finished projects offer little insight into how visual solutions were reached, making them of limited use to designers wanting to produce work of their own. In Infographic Designers' Sketchbooks, more than fifty of the world's leading graphic designers and illustrators open up their private sketchbooks to offer a rare glimpse of their creative processes. Emphasizing idea-generating methods—from doodles and drawings to three-dimensional and digital mock-ups—this revelatory collection is the first to go inside designers' studios to reveal the art and craft behind infographic design.
"Infographics Designers' Sketchbooks" Reviews
Interesting infographics, did not help much with the assignment that I was working on.
My shelves are filling up with similar anthologies of design, but this one is definitely unique. The emphasis is as much on sketches, roughs and prototypes as it is on finished products, which yields a much more creatively stimulating book. As a compendium it's beautiful. As minor quibbles, it occasionally lapses into showcase for finished products over sketches, and the narrative sections on the designers and their thoughts is often too short, I would have preferred to see deeper dives into the whole start-to-finish process for fewer projects, than drive by's of a large number. On the upside, there's much less emphasis on purely code-generated info-design than most similar compilations, the emphasis here is on design rather than programming. Nice to see the pendulum shift away from fascination with the tools back to emphasis on design.
The interviews, short as they are, provide a nice glimpse into the current spectrum of philosophies on sketch by pencil versus sketch by computer; regardless of tool, they all emphasize the importance of exploration and getting messy with the information to discover its stories.
Heartily recommended for those interested in this area.
Great book. Great inspiration.
Here is a link to my full review
Loved it. Full of inspirations.