Manuel Lima

The Book of Circles. Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge

The Book of Circles. Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge
Manuel Lima (Portugal)
Book (New York: Princeton Architectural Press)

In The Book of Trees, Manuel Lima presents two hundred detailed illustrations and graphics of tree diagrams that deal with a huge variety of subjects. The book covers over eight hundred years of visualizing knowledge, spanning from medieval manuscripts to its contemporary resurgence as an aesthetic means of infographic design. In the follow-up book The Book of Circles, Lima investigates the history of circular information design in three hundred illustrations, again covering a diverse range of subjects such as art, technology, design, architecture, and astronomy. These books trace the century-old history of visualizing knowledge in the form of tree and circle diagrams and exemplify long-lasting archetypes in the genealogy of visual communication.