Visual Thinking Reading List

There’s a lot of great books on visual thinking that have been released recently or are about to be released. I just got my Amazon order that includes Alberto Cairo’s The Functional Art and Information Graphics by Sandra Rendgen. Cairo’s book looks to be a great introduction to information graphics and visualization. Incidentally, I’m really looking forward to Cairo’s upcoming 6 week Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization course.

Rendgen’s Information Graphics is an 8 lb. collection of infographics, organized into sections: History, Location, Time, Category, and Hierarchy. It looks to be a great source for browsing and inspiration.

Also in my TBR (To Be Read) pile is Informotion from  Tim Finke and Sebastian Manger – a look at animated infographics. I think the low rating on Amazon is undeserved. Both of the low scores criticize the accompanying online material. I haven’t even tried to access that yet, but I’m about a third of the way through it and I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars. If the complaint about this book is about finding the videos online that the book covers, I’m a bit baffled. Doesn’t take long to find this videos with a nifty little thing called Google or going directly to YouTube or Vimeo. In fact, I’ve featured several of the videos mentioned in the book on my site.

Lee Lefer’s Art of Explanation just released yesterday. If you don’t think that a book about the art of explanation is related to visual thinking, you may be a lost cause. Hopefully this will be available as a Kindle version soon.

I’m also eagerly anticipating Mike Rohde’s Sketchnote Handbook. Mike is feverishly working on finishing this up. You can follow his progress on his Twitter feed.