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The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge

December 6, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Manuel Lima for a fascinating tour through millennia of circular information design in architecture, urban planning, fine art, design, fashion, technology, religion, cartography, biology, astronomy and physics in a visual feast for infographics enthusiasts. From Venn diagrams and early celestial charts to the trefoil biohazard symbol and Target’s corporate logo, Lima provides a history of humanity’s long-lasting obsession with all things circular and a unique taxonomy of the many varieties of circle diagrams.

Manuel LimaA 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 a designer, researcher, teacher, founder of VisualComplexity.com – A visual exploration on mapping complex networks-and design lead at Google,

His first book Visual Complexity: Mapping patterns of information has been translated into French, Chinese, and Japanese. His last book The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge covers over 800 years of human culture through the lens of the tree figure, from its entrenched roots in religious medieval exegesis to its contemporary, secular digital themes. His new book The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledg @bookofcircles is a tour through a millennia of circular information design.

With more than twelve years of experience designing digital products, Manuel has worked for Codecademy, Microsoft, Nokia, R/GA, and Kontrapunkt. He holds a BFA in Industrial Design and a MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design. During the course of his MFA program, Manuel worked for Siemens Corporate Research Center, the American Museum of Moving Image, and Parsons Institute for Information Mapping in research projects for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Computer Science & Graduate Center Digital Initiatives Visualization Seminar


December 6, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Science Center (4th Floor) @ The GC
365 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10016
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