The Visual Miscellaneum

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Would you consider pre-ordering my book? That way I can get it into more bookshops. And we can spread the good news about the amazing ALL-GRAPHIC FUTURE OF CIVILISATION THAT AWAITS US!

It’s out in the US 10th November. And in the UK on the 4th February.

Here’s a Visual Miscellaneum US pre-order link

Cover design by DesignWorksGroup

The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless: Cover
I received my first copies this week – a joyful and agonising experience. Joyful because yay it’s my book! Agonising because, inevitably, I keep seeing things I want to change or tweak or improve.

Overall though, I think it’s pretty good. Ultimately, I wanted to explore a whole range of subjects as visually and beautifully as possible, with the minimum of text. I hope I managed it and I hope you enjoy it.

Here are some pictures to give you a sense of it.

(Sorry about the awful framing of some of these. I’m a designer, not a photographer yeah?)

The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless: Inside Cover

Bubble contents. I think that’s the most text you’ll see on a page

The Visual MIscellaneum by David McCandless: Contents

Ah I love this page. See theonline version

The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless: Mountains Out of Molehills

Excellent work from Laura Sullivan

The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless: Colours

The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless: The Billion Dollar Gram

Great work from Jez Burrows

The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless: Carbon Aware


The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless: Spiral

This will be online soon

The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless: Creationism

Awesome work from Always With Honor

The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless: Creation

This is the visual index

The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless: Index

The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless: Backcover

Here’s that Visual Miscellaneum US pre-order link again.

Enjoy! And let me know what you think. Thanks! david.

(p.s. if you want review copies, please email

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  • James

    I stumbled across your site, by a tweet (I am sure) and have been following you for about a year now, and find the “info” graphic work you present so unique. I am a fellow graphic designer, and find your research is complex in nature, but the ease and graphic sharpness in which captures your designs is something that truly inspires….oh and I would greatly appreciate your fine volume, as I am also a recent graduate, and a fine under paid “junior” GD.

  • James

    Sorry since Aug 3,2009.> following your feed/work.

  • Chaiskaneseet

    Мне очень понравилась подборка статей 3м

  • DaveDanteeTat

    Прикольные статьи подобраны 2а

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  • Jonathan Pratchios

    I was both disappointed and excited when I saw that your book had sold out. I very much wanted to get a copy for myself. Here’s hoping!

    Keep up the excellent work.

  • matt johnson

    Your book is sold out on Amazon. Are more coming? Can I buy it from you? Any ideas?
    I tried to buy for my dad for xmas…

  • Josh Doehne

    I have been following your work for a bit and had hoped to get the book as a Christmas gift, but sadly that didn’t happen. Can’t wait until the second printing (unless of course I win one of those signed copies). Keep up the good work.

  • Clifton B

    Whether I win this or not, I’m buying a copy. I’m obsessed with dataviz books, and this looks beautiful.

  • Feodor

    It looks awesome.

  • david boyle

    Love the book. Love it. Got a copy from Amazon UK (as a present) with missing labels. Would love the PDF.

  • RizEnenna


    Floods & Earthquakes can happen.

    Seeing is believing – so please don’t be blind. Can you agree to help these people?

    Please Help the kids!

  • magdalena

    Dear David,

    first of all – i admire your work und read your blog regularly, thats why i just bought your book at amazon, the amercian version. How come, that after half a year of the book being published, i still get the book with the missing text? Isn’t there a new version? I believe it would be in your interest, if you would pull the wrong version from the market completely. Just to offer a pdf ist not enough from my point of view.

    I am an avid infographics fan and also a graphic and infographics designer so i studied the book with a lot of interest and was trying to understand the graphics… quite difficult without descriptions!

    I would appreciate an update regarding this…

    thank you so much and keep up the good work!
    greetings from germany, magdalena

  • melissa

    Hi, I just bought your book. Not sure if this has already been attended to, but I MAY have found a mistake on page 62 (unless of course I’m confused or I’ve completely missed something). The left side of the page says “Sex Education” and the image is a bunch of colored lines reaching in different lengths horizontally towards 100%. This may be part of the joking matter of the book, but the only line labeled is “Studio Art,” which contains the least amount of virgin students. None of the other 16 lines are labeled! Am I confused? Is this wrong?

  • melissa

    Hi, Melissa again, regarding the confusion about the “Sex Education” chart. Looks like this information really does exist, I’ve found it here…
    So I have no clue why the titles of the lines are missing! Misprint?

  • Maltese Problems

    thanks for showing those beautiful color full designs


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  • Janice Alder

    I have bought at least 10 of these. It’s my favorite thing to give as a hostess gift! Everyone I’ve given one to has ordered another as a gift to somebody else.