As the world responds to a burgeoning information superhighway, the structure and design of data becomes increasingly important. This book shows how the presentation of information can make complex material clear and accessible. To illustrate, the book presents projects by 20 world-class designers, including David Macaulay, Clement Mok, Nigel Holmes, Peter Bradford, and Krzysztof Lenk. Each contributor has provided an essay describing his or her project and the process involved in its development.Frankly, I have found most books about graphics in the information age to be riddled with hyperbole, poorly designed, and vastly overpriced. After looking at many of these books, I typically pull out my dog-eared copy of Edward Tufte’s Visual Display of Quantitative Information to clear my visual and conceptual palettes. However, Information Architects, edited by Richard Saul Wurman with contributions by 20 masters in the visual display of information deserves to be on the same shelf as Tufte’s masterpieces. Nor does this book shout a simplistic “Cyberspace über alles!”: there’s great material in here about the importance of informational design in physical spaces and virtual interfaces, and train tracks and track balls. Very highly recommended.
• 6 years ago