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Info We Trust - RJ Andrews by Rj Andrews - 4M ago

Info We Trust was published today. This essay, one in a series about making Info We Trust, is a mildly quantitative reflection on the road from the first pitch (week one, or, ʷ1)  to publication (ʷ80). Week 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 Pre Production Post Oct 2017 Jan 2019 July 2017 Sep 2018 I’m trying […]
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Info We Trust - RJ Andrews by Rj Andrews - 4M ago

The book cover is a tricky design challenge. It has to attract attention, differentiate the book from the competition, and convey some idea of what’s inside. The cover must work online as a fuzzy compressed icon smaller than a postage stamp. The same cover has to work life-size on a bookstore display. And all this […]
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I do not remember writing Info We Trust. It certainly happened. I can tell you about the room I worked in and the keyboard I banged on. I can even analyze its two dozen drafts and describe my process. But I do not have any real emotional memory of a particular moment of actually doing the […]
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We can learn many lessons about informing from beyond the world of data. This essay reviews my favorite design books, most of which are not explicitly “design books”. Each one somehow transformed how I see the world.   But before we get to the books, you should have some context for how they fit into Info […]
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Info We Trust (the book!) is built on a graphic system that weaves three narratives into one harmonious flow. The main text in black is the page-turning workhorse. The illustrations put the lessons into practice (read about them in “Hand Drawn”). Marginalia adds color in the blue margins. This essay is all about book design. It […]
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Info We Trust - RJ Andrews by Rj Andrews - 6M ago

Info We Trust is packed with hundreds of illustrations I drew just for this book. One count puts it shy of 300 new charts, diagrams, maps, and depictions. There are full-page data stories, tiny ditties in the margin, and everything in between. Committing to hand drawn illustration defined the feel of this book’s storytelling adventure. […]
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Today in America it is Black Friday, a day named for a qualitative color palette: retail ledgers go from red (debt) to black (profit) with the explosion of holiday shopping. In honor of today’s consumerism, I thought it would be fun to share with you something you can consume. Below is a little peak inside […]
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Today I want to share with you a set of data visualization books that are modern classics. Each one was published by 1985. Each one had an impact on my book, Info We Trust. I read these books to discover what still rang true from the time just before interactive computer graphics made a big […]
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I am so excited to share my most ambitious data adventure yet. It is called INFO WE TRUST: How to inspire the world with data. And it is arriving January 2019 from Wiley. I wrote it for people who believe in pursuing new and wonderful ways of looking at the world. It’s for everyone who not only wants […]
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This design essay is about the creation of two graphics for a SIGNIFICANCE magazine cover article. You can read the original article here and get lost in giant versions of both graphics here. The Great Migration was the movement of over six million African-Americans out of the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, […]
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