National Geographic celebrates 128 years of infographics in new book

Date
15 February 2017
Reading Time
2 minute read

Launching in 1888, National Geographic came into our consciousness before the information age, sharing previously untold insights into history, popular science and culture to readers around the world. Despite the considerable changes in how we consume information that have occurred since its first publication, National Geographic has remained an ever-respected constant, admired for its long-standing approach to sharing information and stories.

In a new book, National Geographic and Taschen have gathered together the magazine’s best infographics from the last 128 years. The book is divided into seven sections – History, The Planet, Being Human, Animal World, World of Plants, Science & Technology, and Space. This breadth highlights the wealth of material National Geographic has covered over the decades, with the fall of the Roman Empire, Easter Island’s mysterious statues, Cleopatra’s Alexandria and the anatomy behind a cheetah’s immense speed all making an appearance.

The infographics vary in style and detail showcasing popular styles of the time, with illustrations and graphics from the 20s and 60s to the present day. An essay by information designer and illustrator Nigel Holmes accompanies the book, which charts the evolution of National Geographic and it’s “pioneering use of graphics”. The book has been designed by London-based studio Praline and five fold-outs have been worked into the book, mimicking the original pull-outs and inserts in the magazine.

A tome of learning and discovery, this book stands as a record of the facts, histories and figures that have been visualised by National Geographic since day one.

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Taschen: National Geographic Infographics (spread)

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Taschen: National Geographic Infographics. Columbia Spacelab 1, September 1983 © National Geographic Partners, LLC All rights reserved

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Taschen: National Geographic Infographics. Airplanes, January 1981 © National Geographic Partners, LLC All rights reserved

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Taschen: National Geographic Infographics. Sources of Energy, November 1972 © National Geographic Partners, LLC All rights reserved

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Taschen: National Geographic Infographics. The World of Flowers, May 1968 © National Geographic Partners, LLC All rights reserved

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Taschen: National Geographic Infographics. Falcons and Hawks, December 1920 © National Geographic Partners, LLC All rights reserved

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Taschen: National Geographic Infographics. Skiing Through History, December 2013 © National Geographic Partners, LLC All rights reserved

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Taschen: National Geographic Infographics (spread)

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Taschen: National Geographic Infographics. Dinosaurs, June 1996 © National Geographic Partners, LLC All rights reserved

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Taschen: National Geographic Infographics. Amazonia, Vital and Fragile, November 2015 © National Geographic Partners, LLC All rights reserved

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Taschen: National Geographic Infographics (cover)

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Rebecca Fulleylove

Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.

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