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Posted by on Jul 15, 2012 in Resources | 0 comments

Book Review: Fuse

Book Review: Fuse

Taschen sent over one of their recent publications “Fuse: From Invention to Antimatter” which is a collection of 20 issues of the groundbreaking magazine of the same name launched by Neville Brody and Jon Wozencroft in 1991. After flicking through the book I didn’t feel confident in giving it a fair review as I don’t really know a huge amount typography (although I should!). I therefore asked my brother who has more of an interest in this kind of thing to write a brief review. This is what he thought of the book: “FUSE 1-20, From Invention to Antimatter: Twenty Years of FUSE Neville Brody, Jon Wozencroft “In a world of generic mediocrity and corporate obeyance, new flowers of exuberance bloom in dark crevices. FUSE is a breach in the wall, a genetic mutation from which new lifeforms can spring […] Never before has FUSE been so relevant and so necessary.” The words of Neville Brody open FUSE 1-20, From Invention to Antimatter: 20 years of FUSE with the air...

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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Resources, Visualisation | 1 comment

Information Graphics

Information Graphics

Taschen’s Information Graphics book is the most comprehensive I have seen concerned with modern (and historic) data visualisation. The book itself is worthy of its own infographic as it weights about 5kg and spans nearly 500 pages to include “200 projects and over 400 examples of contemporary information graphics from all over the world—ranging from journalism to art, government, education, business and much more”. Maps feature heavily in the book with examples from the New York Times Graphics Department’s coverage of presidential elections, Axis Map’s brilliant typographic maps of Chicago and Boston, Eric Fischer’s Flickr maps, and National Geographic’s award winning World of Rivers (below).  The production quality (as you would expect from Taschen) is very high and there is not a pixelated image in sight. I found the book extremely interactive with many fold-out pages to explore and colour coding according to theme (Location, Time, Category, Hierarchy). With most of us consuming graphics largely on-screen it is nice to see them compiled in printed form. My biggest concern about...

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