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This is the cover of the book Atlas of the Invisible: Maps and graphics that will change how you see the world by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti.

Book Review: Atlas of the Invisible

Normally, I wouldn't expect to be reading an "atlas" for work. But, when Evelina Judeikyte called Atlas of the Invisible "one of [her] favourite discoveries this year!," I had to check it out. And I'm so glad I did! When…

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This is a photo of the cover of the book Lines, Bars and Circles: How William Playfair Invented Graphs. It was written by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay. It was an illustration of a man in colonial clothing, lounging on a line graph, with a bar graph in the background. The book is next to some crayons and a drawing of a line graph.

Book Review: Lines, Bars and Circles

The first time I remember hearing about William Playfair was in W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits. Playfair was credited with inventing the line graph, bar graph, and pie chart. WHAT?! William, where have you been all my life?!*…

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This is a photo of a laptop, with a copy of the book Presenting Virtually by Patti Sanchez.

Book Review: Presenting Virtually by Patti Sanchez

We’re living in a virtual world, and Patti Sanchez is here to help. I received Sanchez’s book, Presenting Virtually: Communicate and Connect with Online Audiences, as a (much wanted!) Christmas gift. I had some down time in January, and what…

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This is a photo of the book W E B Du Bois's Data Portraits, Visualizing Black America, edited by Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Britt Rusert. It shows a colorful spiral graph from the book. Next to the book are six markers in colors that match the graph.

Book Review: W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits

Until recently, I didn't know much about W. E. B. Du Bois. The intersection of my grade school education with my not-fabulous memory left me with only the vague knowledge that he was a 19th-century, African American intellectual. But then…

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This is the cover of the picture book The Great Graph Contest by Loreen Leedy.

Book Review: The Great Graph Contest

Is there an elementary school teacher on your holiday shopping list? If so, check out Loreen Leedy's The Great Graph Contest! This picture book features Gonk (a toad) and Beezy (a lizard) as they compete to create the best* graphs…

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This is a photo of a book cover: Good Charts, by Scott Berinato.

Book Review: Good Charts

I’ve had Scott Berinato’s Good Charts on my bookshelf for a couple of years and finally had a chance to read it in June. I read a decent pile of research communication books and articles each year, and the same…

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This is a photo of a boy holding the Animals by the Numbers book.

Book Review: Animals by the Numbers

Is your child gunning for my job as Head Nerd at Data Soapbox? (No?) Do they really like animal facts, at least? (Of course.)* Great! Allow me to recommend Steve Jenkins’s Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Animal Infographics.…

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