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Author: Peter Bradford; Richard Saul Wurman; Graphis Press Corp.
Publisher: Zurich, Switzerland : Graphis Press Corp., ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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There is a tsunami of data that is crashing onto the beaches of the civilized world. This is a tidal wave of unrelated, growing data formed in bits and bytes, coming in an unorganized, uncontrolled, incoherent cacophony of foam. None of it is easily related, none of it comes with any organization methodology. Now for the good news: There is a dune on the beach. There is a breakwater in the ocean that is clearly
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Bradford; Richard Saul Wurman; Graphis Press Corp.
ISBN: 3857094583 9783857094583 1888001380 9781888001389
OCLC Number: 34381938
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 235 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Contents: Richard Saul Wurman --
Erik Spiekermann --
David Macaulay --
Peter Bradford --
Marie Guidice and Lynne Stiles --
Bruce Robertson --
Richard Curtis --
John Grimwade --
Dave Merrill --
Nigel Holmes --
Joel Katz --
Ken Carbone and Leslie Smolan --
Ralph Appelbaum --
Donavan and Green --
Don Moyer --
Nathan Shedroff --
Krzysztof Lenk and Paul Kahn --
Muriel R. Cooper and David Small --
Clement Mok --
Alexander Tsiaras.
Responsibility: Peter Bradford, editor ; [introd. by] Richard Saul Wurman.

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There is a tsunami of data that is crashing onto the beaches of the civilized world. This is a tidal wave of unrelated, growing data formed in bits and bytes, coming in an unorganized, uncontrolled, incoherent cacophony of foam. None of it is easily related, none of it comes with any organization methodology. Now for the good news: There is a dune on the beach. There is a breakwater in the ocean that is clearly emerging in these last fleeting moments of the 20th century. The breakwater is indeed breaking up the tsunami of data and focusing it in a more organized way to answer our questions and concerns. There is a new breed of graphic designers, exhibition designers, illustrators and photographers, whose passion it is to make the complex clear. I call this new breed of talented thinkers Information Architects and this book was created to help celebrate and understand the importance of their work - a work which inspires hope that as we expand our capabilities to inform and communicate that we will value, with equal enthusiasm, the design of understanding.

This groundbreaking book reports on an explosive new design field: the design of information to improve, clarify, and facilitate processes of communication and learning. As the world responds to a burgeoning information superhighway, the structure and design of data becomes increasingly important. This book shows how the presentation of information can make complex material clear and accessible. To illustrate, the book presents projects by 20 world-class designers, including David Macaulay, Clement Mok, Nigel Holmes, Peter Bradford, and Krzysztof Lenk. Each contributor has provided an essay describing his or her project and the process involved in its development.

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