“The same forces that have made it possible for infographics to proliferate have also made us hungry for them. We are deluged with information, and infographics promise to make sense of it… the best of them bring clarity, answering urgent questions and making us think.” –Gareth Cook (from The Best American Infographics 2013)

I’m happy to report that a data visualization by artist Jan Willem Tulp–originally developed for Scientific American’s Graphic Science page–brought enough clarity and thoughtfulness to the topic of exoplanets to merit inclusion in The Best American Infographics 2013. Tulp’s infographic is one of 70 featured in the inaugural edition of the book series, representing the full spectrum of the genre–from authoritative to playful.

"Planets Everywhere," from the December 2012 print issue of Scientific American. Graphic by Jan Willem Tulp.


The Best American Infographics series editor, Gareth Cook, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a regular contributor to NewYorker.com, and editor of “Mind Matters,” Scientific American‘s neuroscience blog.