There is another small ripple in the force that keeps together beauty and functionality, now Nicholas Felton put forward a short critique of a recently released infographic book titled "The Little Book of Shocking Global Facts".
Pitched as the combination of "startling graphic imagery with truly shocking facts gathered from the world's most authoritative sources", the book seems not to have convinced everyone. Reviewed instead as a "compendium of awful graphics", its illustrations seem to ignore even the most basic rules of good infographic design, while the lack of any source material does not make the resulting insights trustworthy.
Strange. In spite of its clear subject relevancy for the core audience of this blog, I was not aware of the book, yet this introduction makes a memorable impression...
So, what is your take on the value of this book? Is there any danger in this sort of coffee table books filled with potentially life-changing illustrative "facts" that might withhold any sensemaking, yet are a marvel to browse through?
To make up your opinion, you can browse through some high-rez examples below (click on the images for large versions), download a book preview here, or buy the book or its little sister The Little Book of Shocking Eco Facts.