The book, which is edited by Gareth Cook, includes an impressive range of graphic styles and subject matter–from a fresh look at T. Rex (Nature) to an illustrated and playful look at the evolution of Justin Bieber (National Post) to a clean data-driven display of gun laws since Newtown (New York Times).
The common thread? As statistician Nate Silver writes in the introduction, “…modern information design is equal parts art and science, form and function, architecture and engineering. It combines the best of at least three fields of achievement: aesthetics, technology, and journalism.” The best infographics combine those fields into a product that “tells a story that couldn’t be told in any other way.”
Thanks to collaborators Moritz Stefaner, Jillian Walters, and Golden Section Graphics (represented by Dirk Aschoff and Klaas Neumann) for lending their talents to the pages of Scientific American, and for creating visual explanations for the magazine that transcend their original context.
Here are the featured print graphics (below). For web-formatted versions of the graphics and text, see Where the Wild Bees Are and Caffeine High. For more on the bee graphic and a detailed look at how Stefaner developed the data visualization, see the process explanation on his blog.
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.