Sunday, September 27, 2009

Inside Out: The Best of National Geographic Diagrams and Cutaways

Published by: The National Geographic Society

First line: The diagram artwork of the National Geographic Society serves as a lens and a mirror.

Why you should read this book: Celebrating the genius of the unsung artists who create detailed diagrams illustrating complicated concepts in the Society's monthly periodical, this book offers an in-depth look at plants, animals, buildings, microorganisms, heavenly bodies, and more. Divorced from the articles that inspired them, the illustrations take on new meaning, celebrated for their own ingenuity as well as the concepts they elucidate. While this book may not work as a reference, it's a stunning overview of how the designs are created, as well as a whirlwind tour of cultural, biological, geographical, and astral systems.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're not a visual learner.

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