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Family ties, moral values, systems of law, biological species, hard disk drives - from illuminated manuscripts of medieval monasteries to today’s computer graphics, designers have used tree diagrams as way of presenting complex data with an elegant yet simple visual.

Wired Magazine called Manuel Lima “the man who turns data into art.” Join the author of acclaimed bestseller Visual Complexity as he takes us on the 800+ year history of tree diagrams, subject of his new book, The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge. Lima’s illustrated presentation takes you on a journey over dozens of visualizations, showcasing an impressive human creativity in mapping a variety of hierarchical structures over the ages.

 

Brief Bio

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, nominated by Creativity magazine as "one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009", Manuel Lima is the founder of VisualComplexity.com and a regular teacher of data visualization at Parsons School of Design.

Manuel is a leading voice on information visualization and has spoken in numerous conferences, schools and festivals around the world, including TED, Lift, OFFF, Eyeo, Ars Electronica, IxDA Interaction, Harvard, MIT, Royal College of Art, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, ENSAD Paris, University of Amsterdam, MediaLab Prado Madrid. He has also been featured in various magazines and newspapers, such as Wired, The New York Times, Science, BusinessWeek, Creative Review, Fast Company, Forbes, Eye, Grafik, SEED, Étapes and El País. His latest book Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information has been translated into French, Chinese, and Japanese.


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