IxD104 – Literature Review – Knowledge is Beautiful – David McCandless

Knowledge is Beautiful – David McCandless

In this book, David McCandless uses stunning and unique visuals to reveal unexpected insights into how the world really works. His designs are like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

Every day, every hour, every minute we are bombarded with information, from television, from newspapers, from the Internet, we’re steeped in it and it can be overwhelming. We need a way to relate to it. David McCandless has found the way.  his stunning infographics, simple, elegant ways to interact with information too complex or abstract to grasp any way but visually. McCandless creates visually stunning displays that blend the facts with their connections, contexts, and relationships, making information meaningful, entertaining, and beautiful. And his genius is as much in finding fresh ways to provocatively combine datasets as it is in finding new ways to show the results.


Although I know that I have a very different style to David McCandless’s signature delicate, refined representation of data, this book has given me so many ideas of how do present data. He is breaking the mould that data should just be presented in the form of bar graphs and pie charts. His intelligent use of imagery and colour makes the data enjoyable to obtain. This is the ultimate goal for data visualisation. He is a real inspiration of mine and I think this book is a great reference for future design ideas and projects.

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