Infographics reveal aspects of our world in often startling ways. This year's best American infographics range from a haunting graphic mapping the journey of 15,790 slave ships over 315 years, to a yearlong data drawing project on postcards that records and cements a trans-Atlantic friendship.
Edited by Gareth Cook, and with an introduction by Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich, The Best American Infographics of 2016 is the fourth and final volume in the series and features alum Christopher Cannon, faculty Noa Younse, and faculty emeritus Nicholas Felton.
The book covers the realms of social issues, health, sports, arts and culture, and politics—including crisp visual data on the likely Democratic/Republican leanings of an array of professions (proving that your urologist is far more likely to be a Republican than your pediatrician). It contains the year's most innovative print and electronic infographics—“the full spectrum of the genre—from authoritative to playful.”