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IN GRAPHICS Volume 2

IN GRAPHICS is a magazine published by Golden Section Graphics twice per year as a bilingual edition in English and German. The first issue won 10 national and international design prizes, including a Bronze award from the ADC Germany and a Gold European Design Award in the magazine category. A third issue is currently planned for December 15, 2011.

Not your typical magazine, IN GRAPHICS dispenses completely with the text features and photography that define its peers and consists solely of infographics. Yet the compelling visuals—from hand-drawn to vector graphics—are not only geared toward creatives. The 92-page second issue features a selection of general interest articles including an extensive cover story on the terrorist attacks from September 11, 2001 as their tenth anniversary nears and a look at recent events in Fukushima. A highlight is undoubtedly the two double-page spreads on the building of the Berlin Wall, whose fiftieth anniversary will be commemorated this August. The uniquely detailed 3D graphics document four generations of its construction in their entirety and took almost 2 years to complete.

Contributions by illustrator Patrick They, artist Konstantin Voit, and designer and author David McCandless as well as select business, science and technology, sports, and culture stories round out the informative, entertaining, and attractive editorial offerings. Even the advertisements are done as infographics.

Pre-order your copy via Amazon.de if you’re in the EU or via direct order from the online shop of Golden Section Graphics. Read much more information about IN GRAPHICS on its official website. The Magazine is also available at newsstands throughout Germany, Switzerland, and Austria as well as several additional EU countries starting July 8, 2011.

»IN GRAPHICS« — A magazine for visual people. Published by Golden Section Graphics.

On 92 pages it deals with challenging topics from politics and economics to culture and entertainment—solely through graphics.

Jan Schwochow, the chief editor and publisher of »IN GRAPHICS«, manager of Golden Section Graphics and former head of the STERN infographics department, had the idea for a magazine that consist only of graphics. A magazine for visual people came into existence without long texts and large picture galleries. It is based on the experience of the team at Golden Section Graphics, who get worldwide attention with their produced work for renowned media like Die ZEIT, the New York Times Magazine or GEO on a regular basis.

Infographics require not only journalistic intuition but also a lot of time and patience. The editors of »IN GRAPHICS« deliberately take that time to create interesting and fascinating content and show a lot of love for details. Also, current topics like Hartz IV (the German unemployment benefits), piracy off the coast of Somalia, German large scale projects like Stuttgart 21 or the overfishing of tuna in the Mediterranean Sea are shown in a new perspective. Furthermore, this first edition of the magazine includes artworks by outstanding artists Christoph Niemann and Jonathan Meese as guest contributors. »IN GRAPHICS« is released bilingually, in German and in English.

It is free from advertisement and printed very eco-friendly. This is what makes the first issue even more valuable and the reason why it costs a bit more than a usual magazine.

You can purchase it on Amazon.de, in the shop of Golden Section Graphics or in local stores listed on the magazine’s website.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) published an infographic in their customer magazine, which was made by Golden Section Graphics. For this, I programmed two small applications: one converted a world map into a differently projected one (Fuller Projection). The other one generated te surrounding triangles for any countries of the world and the included bar charts. The represented values are specific indexes for the nation’s sustainability.

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On December 30, 2009, the German daily economy newspaper »Handelsblatt« published five unusual looking infographics made by Jan Schwochow (head of Golden Section Graphics) and me. Since it was the end of the year, the graphics were about numbers of last year’s/decade’s finances and some outlooks on this year/decade. Also, the title page featured a mashup of those single graphics.

The people at »Handelsblatt« had quite some chutzpah letting us go nuts with the mostly quite small data sets and the disproportionately generous space!

Read more about it on Golden Section Graphics Blog (in German).

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Two weeks ago, the German weekly Newspaper »Die ZEIT« started a series of featured Infographics on three current topics.

The first one by Golden Section Graphics in Berlin (website here, blog here) is about virtual water. It explains the amounts of water used to produce things like beer, milk, cheese, jeans and a car by depicting cubes of water with the corresponding volume. This way, the reader gets a very good idea of how many liters of fresh water he actually comsumes by buying or using one of these products. Also, the graphic briefly explains how these amounts are being calculated as well as how much water there is on our planet and how it splits up into groundwater, atmospherical water etc. The daily consuption of one person per day and its parts for hygiene, doing the laundry and watering (among others) is revealed in a simple pie chart.

The first person on the moon 40 years ago is the occasion for the second graphic, and it has one big map of the moon with all sites where past missions, manned and unmanned, succeded or… well, crashed. A neat timeline on the left tells a story about the race to earth’s oldest satellite at the end of the 1960s between the United States and Russia. For many years, there were virtually no efforts for further explorations — the lunar surface was better charted than the earthly seabed. One possible future mission led by the US and planned for not later than 2020 is explained by highlighting a good location for a manned permanent moon station at the south pole. This is an in-house graphic by ZEIT.

The third graphic, published today, is about the evolution of the bicycle. In this case, the start of the Tour de France in two days is the occasion. A spiral timeline carries 11 detailed models and explains the inventions that made the bikes of today secure, comfortable and fast. The oldest one is from 1817 and it had no pedals, no brakes and was etirely out of wood. A second timeline explains other inventions with small illustrations, for example the penny farthing, the chain drive, rubber tires and aluminium frames. This graphic was also made by Golden Section Graphics (see No. 1).