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David McCandless makes infographics — simple, elegant ways to see information that might be too complex or too big, small, abstract or scattered to otherwise be grasped. In his new book, Information Is Beautiful (in the US, it’s being called The Visual Miscellaneum), McCandless and his cadre of info designers take a spin through the world of visualized data, from hard stats on politics and climate to daffy but no less important trends in pop music.

McCandless’ genius is not so much in finding jazzy new ways to show data — the actual graphics aren’t the real innovation here — as in finding fresh ways to combine datasets to let them ping and prod each other. Reporting the number of drug deaths in the UK every year is interesting; but mapping that data onto the number of drug deaths reported by the UK press, broken down by drug, is utterly fascinating (more deaths by marijuana were reported than in fact occurred, by a factor of 484%). McCandless contributes a monthly big-think graphic to the Guardian‘s Data Blog, and makes viral graphics for his blog Information Is Beautiful.

Este trabalho é uma simpática comparação entre dois designers. De um lado o famoso Neville Brody, de outro David McCandless, designer e escritor, atualmente bastante envolvido com questões de visualização através do seu site Information is beautiful e da publicação de livros sobre o tema.  No infográfico acima, Toby partiu de um programa da BBC TV, Newsnight, onde, aparentemente os dois designers estiveram juntos. De fato, o infográfico é bem pouco informativo, mas utiliza um belo esquema de cores e uma idéia original – comparar pessoas e pensamentos.