If there was ever a year categorized by information overload, 2009 has been it. The media continually bombarded us with H1N1 outbreak numbers, statistics on the growing federal deficit and increases in unemployment – sometimes all day, everyday.
Thankfully, over the last year, David McCandless has been exploring the possibilities of story-telling through charts to make all this information a little more interesting. The fruit of his efforts, along with contributions by many additional designers can now be found in The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World’s Most Consequential Trivia. The book is a collection of graphs, charts and illustrations that creatively visualize relationships and data. It covers a broad range of statistical data: including global media scare stories, differences between political beliefs, our guilty pleasures and even includes a maps of different internet search terms based on geographic location.
According to Amazon.com, the book is a “unique, groundbreaking look at the modern information age, helping readers make sense of the countless statistics and random facts that constantly bombard us.” If you didn’t get your information overload fix this past year, it’s not too late: check out some pages out of McCandless’ book here.