Information Graphics by Sandra Rendgen, to be available via Taschen May 27, 2012, looks like it will be an enormous book of both importance and physical weight. It’s 8 pounds, 480 pages, and from what I can discern, almost entirely graphics. James Cheshire reports that the information graphics featured as examples in the book are not just good-looking, they are vetted for data integrity as well. I am ordering my copy today and am expecting it will provide numerous inspiration pieces for map layout, colors, typography, and data display. There is no limit to the amount of inspiration we need in our daily creative lives. The price is hardly prohibitive either, considering the content and the possibilities for enhancing your future work.
Gaining Competency With GIS: How-to Manual for ArcGIS Desktop Version 10 by Gregory Newkirk and Trevor Perkes is an 80 page kindle book released a few months ago, priced at $7.95. I haven’t read it because, well, I don’t have a need to learn ArcGIS considering I’ve been using Arc (and predecessors) since ’98, but the look inside feature shows that it could be a great little introduction to the software. I always think that an introductory text should be short, sweet, interesting, and full of pictures. Later texts can get into the nitty-gritty details, but introductions should be designed to make things gentle and easy. If that’s what you’re looking for, then this looks like a good, cheap way to go as it appears to have all of those things.