November 16, 2008
A few months ago, Amsterdam-based information designer Gerlinde Schuller approached me about writing an essay for a book about so-called universal knowledge systems. The result is The World as Flatland: Designing Universal Knowledge, an unusual compendium that ranges across topics from Charles Darwin to the CIA, Esperanto to Semantography, and includes contributions from folks like John Maeda, Paul Kahn and Richard Saul Wurman.
It's a hard book to categorize - sort of an idiosyncratic encyclopedia of topics and people loosely related to information design - but it's full of interesting tidbits and visual artifacts. The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
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