How to be an educated consumer of infographics: ‘The Best American Infographics 2013’

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Cultivating the ability to experience the ‘geeky rapture’ of metaphorical thinking and pattern recognition.

The art of visual storytelling by way of good information graphics is the focus of Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, New Yorker writer, and Scientific American neuroscience blog editor Gareth Cook who has set out to highlight the very best infographics produced each year, online and off.  The Best American Infographics 2013 is now out, featuring the finest examples from the past year — spanning everything from happiness to sports to space to gender politics — with an introduction by none other than David Byrne. Accompanying each image is an artist statement that explores the data, the choice of visual representation, and why it works.

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