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Visual Complexity
Mapping Patterns of Information
Manuel Lima

ISBN 9781568989365
Publication date 7/19/2011
8.5 x 10.5 inches (21.6 x 26.7 cm), Hardcover
272 pages, 250 color illustrations, 65 b/w illustrations
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Our ability to generate information now far exceeds our capacity to understand it. Finding patterns and making meaningful connections inside complex data networks has emerged as one of the biggest challenges of the twenty-first century. In recent years, designers, researchers, and scientists have begun employing an innovative mix of colors, symbols, graphics, algorithms, and interactivity to clarify, and often beautify, the clutter. From representing networks of friends on Facebook to depicting interactions among proteins in a human cell, Visual Complexity presents one hundred of the most interesting examples of information-visualization by the field's leading practitioners. Author Manuel Lima has been called the "Edward Tufte of the 21st century" and nominated as one of the "50 most creative and influential minds of 2009" by Creativity magazine.

Manuel Lima is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, nominated by Creativity magazine as "one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009," and is a senior user experience designer at Microsoft Bing.


Editorial Reviews
"Artistic analysis... tremendous potential for shaping how we understand our world... if you are the type who obsesses on Google Analytics or just feel the need to nerd out for a bit, pick up a copy."

"Intellectually ambitious... the author engages this heady material with a surprisingly sharp and lucid eye."

"Incredibly ambitious, deeply researched, and beautifully illustrated."

"From genealogical patterns in medieval tapestries to the math behind fractals, Lima, a senior UX design lead for Bing, shows how designers turn complex patterns into compelling artwork. "

New York Times Book Review:
"Visual Complexity is a showcase for the intersection of art, design and science... Some of the examples are indeed silly. Some are profound. Many are decidedly beautiful. And all are fascinating, given the infinite kinds of data that can be visualized."

Surface magazine:
"Manuel Lima, the New York-based founder of, works at the forefront of network science and information visualization. Appropriately, his book Visual Complexity cuts through digital clutter, using colorful examples to illustrate these fields."
"An important milestone revealing both beauty and history of visualising information."
"A rigorously researched, beautifully designed, thoughtfully curated anthology of the worlds most compelling work at the intersection of these two relatively nascent yet increasingly powerful techno-cultural phenomena, network science and information visualization... One of the years most exciting volumes, Visual Complexity makes a winsome addition to these essential books on data visualization and a powerful tool in your visual literacy arsenal for navigating the Information Age."

Lifestyle News Global:
"Gives data a new image."
"I've received enough books about infoviz to recognize that this one is a gem... Taking the best of both worlds, the visual punch and the informed text, Visual Complexity, Mapping Patterns of Information has everything it takes to satisfy the curious and the expert alike."

ACEJET 170 :
"Drawing largely from his website of the same name, Microsoft Bing's Senior UX Designer Manuel Lima presents one hundred of, arguably, the most intriguing info-maps. Each attempting to curate complex relationships and interactions. Visual Complexity is a concise snap shot of Lima's digital collection. There's a good chance you might be familiar with some of the content (you certainly will be if you've followed the site) but it's good to see it so well categorized and in print."
"A gasp-inducing new book of information visualualizations."

"With stunning color representations by network artists, [Lima] applies network science (following historical background) to ideas as ancient as the mystical Tree of Life in the Kabbalah tradition and as contemporary as social networking and terrorism networks."

Visual Loop blog:
"A survival guide of clarity and inspiration, for those moments where the data flowing in front of you seems unstoppable and overwhelming."

The Midwest Book Review:
"A wide-ranging must for any involved in network visualization. "

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