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Illustration > 15.3 Printed Infographics

The Infographic History of the World

by Valentina D'Efilippo

This book offers a new take on the narration of natural and human history. Nearly 14 billion years information condensed into this visual feast of facts, trends and timelines that illustrate historic and modern topics in a contemporary tone.  Infographics become the storytellers: data, images, and words work in a system to simplify information, reveal interesting patterns and engage readers in an unconventional narrative. Rather than looking to define the world’s history, this book looks to leverage the power of infographics and refresh an age-old subject for the general public and the specialist alike. The visual grammar of the book evolves with its content. Changes in typography, colour palettes, paper stock and illustration styles give distinct identities to each of the four historic chapters. Each spread shows a unique type of visualization and every effort was made to find a balance between visualising in a way that best illustrates each story and also providing sufficient variety throughout the book. The “past” covers approximately half of the book in 3 chapters, while the “present” (more modern topics) spans the second half. The content break, between past and present, is also leveraged by the change of paper stock as well as the use of other visual cues.  Finally, imagery of mankind’s evolution has been adopted in the form a visual timeline. Period-specific silhouettes are featured in an evolving footer to provide an amusing reference guide for the reader’s journey.

  • Creative Directors
  • Art Directors Valentina D'Efilippo
  • Designers Valentina D'Efilippo
  • Illustrators Valentina D'Efilippo
  • Photographers
  • Editors Craig Adams
  • Copywriters James Ball
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