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This glorious project positions the word muse in the larger word amusing. Nigel’s modesty and the extent of the publications and innovations that he has brought uniquely to the profession of graphic design, information design, information architecture, explanation design and illustration is certainly enough to put him in the pantheon of the finest graphic designers of the late 20th and now the 21st century. He is one of my muses.”

—Richard Saul Wurman, Architect, Graphic Designer, Author, and Founder of TED

This is essential reading for information professionals, academics and students. Arguments about the way that information should be presented have been going on for decades. This subject resonates with anyone in the field, professional or academic. When presenting information, the balance between a serious approach and a lighter one is always a factor. It is all about engaging the intended audience.”

—John Grimwade, School of Visual Communication, Ohio University, USA

Nigel Holmes has helped shape the standards of modern infographics like no other. His infographics are easily accessible, well-structured and - of course - fact-based. Nigel's body of work spans all types of infographics: charts, factual representations, and maps. They are memorized quickly and their information can be remembered accurately: this is mainly because they are designed to be light-hearted, humorous and confident. How Nigel plans, develops and designs infographics is a lesson par excellence. That's why Nigel Holmes' infographic work is not only required reading for my students: Understanding Nigel's approach to infographic design and his infographics' internal structure must be understood by my students in order to pass the course. This book will be in our library.”

—Michael Stoll, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Nigel’s fantastic work feeds the need to learn from the past in order to create more work like this today. It is a fantastic guide that informs as much as it entertains.”

—Jason Forrest, Editor-in-Chief, Nightingale: the journal of the Data Visualization Society

One of the best things with Nigel’s graphics is his approach, the stories are always smart and contemporary, with a good balance of information and humor. Readers will be inspired to read information in this positive way.”

—Fernando Gomez Baptista, National Geographic

Few things are as important for designers now as being able to effectively translate big data into memorable, meaningful, and concise graphics. Nigel Holmes has spent decades fostering human connection and understanding through joyful infographics. In this book, he applies his world-renowned brainy and playful approach to teach the next generation of graphic communicators how to master his craft.”

—Amanda Hostalka, Dean, School of Design, Stevenson University, USA

I am a huge fan of Nigel Holmes’ ability to infuse joy and humanity into science graphics. He even managed to inject life into an explanatory diagram about group theory and the mathematical underpinnings of symmetry, providing brilliant design details that acted as a welcoming gesture for folks new to the topic.”

—Jen Christiansen, senior graphics editor, Scientific American

Sign and symbol languages appear to be enjoying a 21st century renaissance as part of the expanding universe of digital data visualization. New ways of presenting the floods of data on literally everything has made it necessary to increase data literacy. What better way than through humor? Who better than the data viz pioneer, Nigel Holmes?”

—Steven Heller, Author, co-chair MFA Design, School of Visual Arts, USA

Nigel Holmes is terrific.”

—Tim Harford, Author, Senior Columnist, Financial Times