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In this follow-up to his hugely popular The Book of Trees and Visual Complexity, Manuel Lima takes us on a lively tour through millennia of circular information design. Three hundred detailed and colorful illustrations from around the world cover an encyclopedic array of subjects—architecture, urban planning, fine art, design, fashion, technology, religion, cartography, bi In this follow-up to his hugely popular The Book of Trees and Visual Complexity, Manuel Lima takes us on a lively tour through millennia of circular information design. Three hundred detailed and colorful illustrations from around the world cover an encyclopedic array of subjects—architecture, urban planning, fine art, design, fashion, technology, religion, cartography, biology, astronomy, and physics, all based on the circle, the universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity, enlightenment, and perfection. Clay tokens used by ancient Sumerians as a system of recording trade are juxtaposed with logos of modern retailers like Target; Venn diagrams are discussed alongside the trefoil biohazard symbol, symbols of the Christian trinity, and the Olympic rings; and a diagram revealing the characteristics of ten thousand porn stars displays structural similarities to early celestial charts placing the earth at the center of the universe. Lima's introduction provides an authoritative history of the circle, and a preface describes his unique taxonomy of the many varieties of circle diagrams, rounding out this visual feast for infographics enthusiasts.


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In this follow-up to his hugely popular The Book of Trees and Visual Complexity, Manuel Lima takes us on a lively tour through millennia of circular information design. Three hundred detailed and colorful illustrations from around the world cover an encyclopedic array of subjects—architecture, urban planning, fine art, design, fashion, technology, religion, cartography, bi In this follow-up to his hugely popular The Book of Trees and Visual Complexity, Manuel Lima takes us on a lively tour through millennia of circular information design. Three hundred detailed and colorful illustrations from around the world cover an encyclopedic array of subjects—architecture, urban planning, fine art, design, fashion, technology, religion, cartography, biology, astronomy, and physics, all based on the circle, the universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity, enlightenment, and perfection. Clay tokens used by ancient Sumerians as a system of recording trade are juxtaposed with logos of modern retailers like Target; Venn diagrams are discussed alongside the trefoil biohazard symbol, symbols of the Christian trinity, and the Olympic rings; and a diagram revealing the characteristics of ten thousand porn stars displays structural similarities to early celestial charts placing the earth at the center of the universe. Lima's introduction provides an authoritative history of the circle, and a preface describes his unique taxonomy of the many varieties of circle diagrams, rounding out this visual feast for infographics enthusiasts.

30 review for The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge: (with over 300 beautiful circular artworks, infographics and illustrations from across history)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    If you think it, you can put it in a circle! This collection of circularly presented information spans time and virtually all scholarly pursuits. I particularly appreciated exposure to the older examples of circular illustrations, such as the early maps of the Earth and the solar system. A favorite item included in the book was the Victorian board game based on Nellie Bly’s trip around the world. The one drawback to this collection is that intricate or large artworks could only be appreciated on If you think it, you can put it in a circle! This collection of circularly presented information spans time and virtually all scholarly pursuits. I particularly appreciated exposure to the older examples of circular illustrations, such as the early maps of the Earth and the solar system. A favorite item included in the book was the Victorian board game based on Nellie Bly’s trip around the world. The one drawback to this collection is that intricate or large artworks could only be appreciated on a macro scale, as the design of the book did not seem to allow for inset detail or individual works spread over two pages. This made it a little difficult to appreciate some of the contemporary renderings of circles, which utilize large datasets and aim to present them in a visual format. As a collection, however, this was an amusing and informative exploration of the ubiquity and utility of circles.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kerfe

    Lima talks in the introduction about the different interior structures for circles, and gives historical context. But the stars of the book are the illustrations, round shapes from the cosmos to the cell, maps of inner, earthly, and outer space. A visual delight.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Scott

    TODO full review: + Similar in scope and approach to Manuel Lima's The Book of Trees: The Flowingdata Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics. +++ An ultimate guide on circular information visualization. Includes an excellent history and survey of the state-of-the-art techniques for the visualization of information in a circular form. - Unlike The Book of Trees: The Flowingdata Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics, there is insufficient information about the important software pack TODO full review: + Similar in scope and approach to Manuel Lima's The Book of Trees: The Flowingdata Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics. +++ An ultimate guide on circular information visualization. Includes an excellent history and survey of the state-of-the-art techniques for the visualization of information in a circular form. - Unlike The Book of Trees: The Flowingdata Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics, there is insufficient information about the important software packages and scientific software that can create circular information visualization. Circos is mentioned; could it be Circo from the graphviz package?! + Types of circular graphs, one per chapter: (1) rings and spirals, (2) wheels and pies, (3) grids and graticules, (4) ebbs and flows inside a circular space, (5) shapes filling circular boundaries, (6) maps and blueprints, (7) nodes and links. Seems like the taxonomy of circular visualizations includes fewer classes than the taxonomy of tree-like visualizations proposed by the same author. +++/- Excellent coverage of historical material. Unlike The Book of Trees: The Flowingdata Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics , there is no summary of the historical figures involved in the development of the earliest form of each graph. ++ Good coverage of the historical, recent, and present-day projects. --- After reading this book, I am still unsure if circular visualizations are interesting but for very specific and idiosyncratic fields of science and the most specialized of depictions. This is a pity, and in contrast to what I concluded from the author's book on tree-like visualizations.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Quiver

    An unbelievably rich visual experience—especially once you allow yourself the possibility of not studying each graph and diagram in great detail. I suggest focusing on those that draw your attention; otherwise you'll be at it for a long, long time. You do not have to be an infographic enthusiast to appreciate the sheer beauty of the depicted circles in all their asymmetric symmetry. An unbelievably rich visual experience—especially once you allow yourself the possibility of not studying each graph and diagram in great detail. I suggest focusing on those that draw your attention; otherwise you'll be at it for a long, long time. You do not have to be an infographic enthusiast to appreciate the sheer beauty of the depicted circles in all their asymmetric symmetry.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Loved learning the word volvelles for a favorite chart type and placing a name to Voronoi charts. And most of this book is excellent, in its curation and organization. I missed seeing annulus charts, tho, as they seem a likely form.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Beautiful.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bold Batdorj

    Beautiful data

  8. 5 out of 5

    Renae

    Great book with beautiful diagrams.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cal Godot

    An excellent and beautiful book that rounds out a trilogy of similar works from the author. Possibly the most informative "coffee table" book you'll ever find. An excellent and beautiful book that rounds out a trilogy of similar works from the author. Possibly the most informative "coffee table" book you'll ever find.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ruì

    Beautiful yet not a typical "learning" material. Beautiful yet not a typical "learning" material.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kim Pallister

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    Alice

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    Lance Eaton

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    Kelly Small

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