National Geographic

Since the very first issue in 1888, the National Geographic magazine has been the benchmark for quality researched articles supported by well-crafted graphics. Taschen celebrates this with this over-sized tome, titled National Geographic Infographics. Let’s not beat about the bush, this book weighs in at around 9lb (4.4kg) and is H15″ × W10″ × D2″. It should be no surprise considering the number of worthy examples eligible for inclusion. In fact, how have they chosen to represent nearly 120 years of excellence? I’m not sure, but I think they could successfully publish several of these, and each one unique. According to Taschen:

“..the book stands as a defining record of one of the world’s best-known publications as well as a being a beautiful repository of discovery and learning for all ages—a true Wunderkammer of knowledge.”

In other words, an encyclopedic as well as graphic reference… how ‘National Geographic’!

The book is organised in to seven chapters, covering: History, The Planet, Being Human, Animal World, World of Plants, Science & Technology, and Space, with graphic examples extracted from throughout it’s history. Usefully, the explanatory text exists in English, German and French. We are treated to a range of graphic styles, some hand-drawn and latter ones, of course, digitally originated. There are also several pull-outs, another National Geographic feature. Near every page (c.480) is a visual feast for the eyes and is highly recommended. Moreover, I sourced this for less than £30 new!!

Publisher: Taschen GmbH
Year: 2016
ISBN: 978-3-8365-4595-2

October, 2017

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