Book Data Visualisation

December 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Professional Practice

As part of my initial research I looked into other people who have created data visuals to do with books. This was so that I could gather some influence and look at the kind of things that could be included in my data visualisation outcome.

Top 5 Most Popular Book Genres Infographic


Although slightly outdated, I really like this visual representation of data on book genres. The canvas size is the long narrow shape of a typical data graphic, and the imagery is playful but eye catching and gives the relevant information in clear, legible font placed in bubbles. What I also like about this graphic is that it tells you a little extra than the title leads you to think, by showing the different print types as well. Graphic found here.

Obama’s Reading Timeline


This graphic stood out to me as well, as another way of providing information at the same time as being visually appealing. This particular data set gives us a timeline representing all the books the current President, Barrack Obama, has read since becoming President in 2008. What’s also interesting is that it also quotes some of Obama’s favourite passages from those books on the right hand side. Graphic found here.

The Power Of Books


Technically with these images we are not looking at infographics, but the concept behind the imagery is brilliant. An interesting and unique way of making a statement that is visually appealing and mentally stimulating. Images found here, courtesy of Tessa.

Top 10 Most Read Books In The World


Here is a classic example of some simple but effective data visualisation. Illustrator Jared Fanning created this based on the number of books printed and sold worldwide over the last 50 years. The units on the Y axis represent the number of books sold in millions. Graphic found here.


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