An unprecedented portrait of the hidden patterns in human society—visualized through the world of data.
Award-winning geographer-designer team James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti transform enormous datasets into rich maps and cutting-edge visualizations. In this triumph of visual storytelling, they uncover truths about our past, reveal who we are today, and highlight what we face in the years ahead. With their joyfully inquisitive approach, Cheshire and Uberti explore happiness levels around the globe, trace the undersea cables and cell towers that connect us, examine hidden scars of geopolitics, and illustrate how a warming planet affects everything from hurricanes to the hajj. Years in the making, Atlas of the Invisible invites readers to marvel at the promise and peril of data, and to revel in the secrets and contours of a newly visible world.
Winner of the 2021 British Cartographic Society Awards including the Stanfords Award for Printed Mapping and the John C. Bartholomew Award for Thematic Mapping.
About the Author
James Cheshire is professor of geographic information and cartography at University College London.
Oliver Uberti is a Los Angeles–based designer and a former design editor for National Geographic.
An absolute visual delight.
— Manuel Lima, author of The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge
Atlas of the Invisible is full of mind-blowing maps that harness the power of data to tell us something about ourselves and our planet.
— Hannah Fry, Professor in the Mathematics of Cities and author of The Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything
Fantastic…a magical combo of art and graphic gut-punch.
— Dave Eggers
Atlas of the Invisible takes this literally, with design-heavy info-mapping of cellular connections in the Great Lakes, eviction rates, the ethnicity of immigrants living on South Halsted Street in 1895. A cartographer’s dream, and often revelatory.
— Christopher Borrelli - Chicago Tribune
An eye-opening visual look at the assumptions and trends that lie beneath how the modern world ticks.…Demography and graphic design meet in an extraordinarily revealing book.
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
[T]his unique volume.…is designed to inspire readers to act.
— Library Journal