I’m David McCandless, a London-based author, writer and designer. I’ve written for The Guardian, Wired and others. I’m into anything strange and interesting.

These days I’m an independent data journalist and information designer. A passion of mine is visualizing information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words.

I’m interested in how designed information can help us understand the world, cut through BS and reveal the hidden connections, patterns and stories underneath. Or, failing that, it can just look cool!

My pet-hate is pie charts. Love pie. Hate pie-charts.

Our mission

Myself, and the rest of the crack team here at Information is Beautiful, are dedicated to distilling the world’s data, information and knowledge into beautiful, interesting and, above all, useful visualizations, infographics and diagrams.

Who funds us?

This site is entirely funded by sales of images, posters and books. Feel free to buy some!

Stay in touch

@infobeautiful (just infographics)
@mccandelish (details of my tawdry life too)
This site’s RSS Web Feed
email: pa@david.mccandless@gmail.com.

Want to know more?

  • A book of my information designs was published by HarperCollins in the US and UK in 2009. It’s now available in over 10 languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese and Korean. Find out more.
  • In the past, I’ve worked as a journalist, video games writer, satirist, copywriter, and creative director. My personal site.
  • I created the Helicopter Game, the most addictive game on the internets. Since ripped off onto a billion formats. Don’t click – you’ll be hooked.
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