Albers, Josef. Interaction of Color. First edition. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1963.
My father got me this very rare book. I am so thankful to have what is truly a piece of visual history. There has been plenty written about this book. In short, it is a work of both art and science, fused together into an interactive volume. Stunning. Good condition; aging visible.
Ascher, Kate. Anatomy of a City. New York: Penguin Press, 2005.
As with The Way Things Work by David Macaulay, this book fascinated me for hours on end and continues to do so. It offers a visual explanation of how all the different services and elements of infrastructure in a modern city fit together, visually and spatially. Truly eye-opening.
Cairo, Alberto. The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization. Berkeley, California: New Riders, 2013.
This is the volume I got in order to try to work my way through how to make the graphics that I so love. It is a great, detailed work that is immensely helpful to any
Cairo, Alberto. The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication. Berkeley, California: New Riders, 2016.
Drösser, Christoph, ed. Wissen in Bildern: unsere Welt in 60 einzigartigen Grafiken. Die Zeit 2. Hamburg: Edel Books, 2015.
I found this book in Frankfurt last year and fell in love with it. It is large and is not in perfect condition do to some bending in the corners due to transportation.
Duempelmann, Sonja, and Charles Waldheim, eds. Airport Landscape: Urban Ecologies in the Aerial Age. Boston: Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2016.
I received this book as a gift for my birthday two years ago. I am a huge fan of aviation and this book includes a few maps that I would deem infographics. The overall concept is fascinating to me. One such map of sorts is a plan for renovating a former-airport into a road with greenspace around it.
Hayes, Brian. Infrastructure: The Book of Everything for the Industrial Landscape. New York; London: W.W. Norton, 2006.
Klanten, Robert, Anja Kouznetsova, Javier Errea, Alberto Cairo, and Steven Tolliver, eds. Visual Journalism: Infographics from the World’s Best Newsrooms and Designers. Berlin: Gestalten, 2017.
Levitt, Steven D, and Stephen J Dubner. Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance. New York, NY: Morrow, 2009.
Last year, I took a class with Steven Levitt. He said we could come by his office and pick up signed copies of this book. I did… I loved Freakonomics but it was far from visually interesting. This book continues the work of Freakonomics but includes infographics to help readers ascertain information visually.
Lima, Manuel. The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2017.
I have always loved information graphics that are based around circles; this volume is a survey of such infographics. There are many beautiful examples that inspire me to make my own ‘spheres of knowledge.’
Lima, Manuel. The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge. First edition. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014.
Lima, Manuel. Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information. First paperback edition. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2013.
Lowe, Stuart, and Chris North. Cosmos: The Infographic Book of Space, 2017.
Macaulay, David, Neil Ardley, and David Macaulay. The New Way Things Work. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1998.
One of the first books in that really captured my imagination. One of the most important books to me in the collection. Condition is good; well-loved.
Macaulay, David, Neil Ardley, David Macaulay, and David Macaulay. The Way Things Work Now: From Levers to Lasers, Windmills to Wi-Fi, a Visual Guide to the World of Machines. Revised and updated edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
A follow-up to the above.
Miklósi, Adam, and Tamás Faragó. The Dog: A Natural History. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018.
Morrison, Philip, Phylis Morrison, and Office of Charles and Ray Eames. Powers of Ten: A Book About the Relative Size of Things in the Universe and the Effect of Adding Another Zero. New York: Freeman, 1986.
If I could include movies in my book collection, I would probably only want to include one: Powers of Ten. This book is the book-version of the Eames’ famous film. It reminds me of the wonder that I had as I first saw the film when I was very small. It is also a gorgeous example of displaying information visually.
Ramge, Thomas. The Global Economy as You’ve Never Seen It: 99 Ingenious Infographics That Put It All Together. New York, NY: Experiment, 2018.
This book was originally published in German. Unfortunately, I never got my hands on the German version. The images are beautiful and exceptionally clear.
Rendgen, Sandra, and Julius Wiedemann. Understanding the World: The Atlas of Infographics. Köln: Taschen, 2014.
Rendgen, Sandra, Julius Wiedemann, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Richard Saul Wurman, Simon Rogers, and Nigel Holmes. Information Graphics. Köln: Taschen, 2012.
I love this book. It is big and heavy, filled to the brim with beautiful information graphics, as its title would suggest. I have spent hours on end poring over the pages of this book.
Syme, Patrick, and Abraham Gottlob Werner. Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours: Adapted to Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Mineralogy, Anatomy, and the Arts. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books, 2018.
This book is a reproduction of the book that Darwin used to refer to the colors he saw on his journey on the Beagle. Being interested in the display of information, I find it fascinating that Darwin had a book that could be referenced in order to ensure that potential readers would know exactly color what he was referring to.
Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Color Problems: A Practical Manual for the Lay Student of Color, with One Hundred and Seventeen Colored Plates. Brooklyn, New York: Sacred Books, 2018.
Yau, Nathan. Visualize This: The Flowingdata Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics. Indianapolis, Ind: Wiley Pub, 2011.
When I first started looking into how to create my own visualizations of data, this was the first ‘handbook’ of sorts that I found.
Assorted Federal Aviation Administration Sectionals, 2013-2019
I first came across two of these in a flight-crew store near Vancouver. My father then got me some as gifts and I have been perusing them and gradually gathering more ever since. They are beautiful but they are also critically important (if antiquated: most pilots just pull these up on iPads now…) to the function of our society.