Understanding the World: Taschen’s new infographics almanac


Taschen is publishing a new book with some of the best infographics from around the world, and we’re chuffed that two of our DG classics are part of it.

Sandra Rendgen and Julius Wiedemann, the authors of ‘Information Graphics‘, have put their heads together again to create ‘Understanding the world: The atlas of infographics‘.

The hefty book (not a great Tube read at nearly four kilos) is a visual atlas of the planet, featuring more than 280 graphics that explain how the world works, from a 19th century ‘bar chart’ of Earth’s highest mountains, to our 2011 analysis of what makes a Booker Prize-winning novel.


‘Understanding the world’ is fascinating to flick through and, with its lovely production values, would look good on any coffee table. Its pages mostly relate to the 21st century, though some of the most interesting images illustrate how numbers were converted into visuals in earlier times, such as an 1850 depiction of the world’s principal buildings.

The book is available for pre-order here.





Honed design, relaxed writing and an almanac approach to the passing years”Observer

Jam-packed with information... a counterpoint to the speedy news feeds we've grown accustomed to”Creative Review

A slower, more reflective type of journalism”Creative Review

A chic magazine with fine infographics and long stories”Die Zeit

A very cool magazine... It's like if Greenland Sharks made a newspaper”Qi podcast

A fantastic publication that puts current events into perspective”Qi podcast

Quality, intelligence and inspiration: the trilogy that drives the makers of Delayed Gratification”El Mundo

Refreshing... parries the rush of 24-hour news with 'slow journalism'”The Telegraph

A leisurely (and contrary) look backwards over the previous three months”The Telegraph

Perhaps we could all get used to this Delayed idea...”BBC Radio 4 - Today Programme

Everyone should read this magazine”Stacks Magazine

Wonderful title and wonderful concept”BBC Two