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Introduction by Maria Popova
Edited by Gareth Cook
160 pages, softcover, $20
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
hmco.com

Infographics have gone mainstream. In The Best American Infographics 2015, editor Gareth Cook has gathered the most dazzling examples of the year. These range from the retinal sugar high of infographics that display the color of movies and the movement of global populations to workmanlike displays of beer consumption by state.

What do the grids, charts, graphs and diagrams tell us? That design has the power to clarify the bewildering facts behind our everyday existence. We see the result of our obsessions—from baby names to life expectancy. Death by shark or mosquito? There’s an infographic for that. Now more than ever, infographics take the measure of our lives. —Sam McMillan

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