Which borough of London is the happiest? Where are the city’s tweeting hot spots? How many animals does the fire brigade save each year? What makes London the information capital?
Design alumnus Oliver Uberti (BFA 2003) and geographer James Cheshire could tell you, but they’d rather show you. Combining data with stunning design, their new book London: The Information Capital shows us a city as we’ve never seen it before – from who lives the longest to how flights stack over Heathrow, from “The Knowledge” of a cabbie to the territories of London’s thirteen football tribes. The result? One hundred portraits of an old city in a very new way.
Oliver designed and co-wrote the 240-page book, Penguin’s 5th best-selling hardback non-fiction title for 2014. Says Oliver, “As an American, I couldn’t believe how much data is publicly available online in the UK and how easy it is to access it. I felt like a sculptor in a quarry.”
Though the book’s not yet available in the US, Oliver will be signing copies and sharing his process at Literati Bookstore on Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m.