London, The Information Capital by Heather Wells

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    Questions about London?

    Which borough of London is the happiest?

    Which boroughs spend the most and the least amount of time online?

    Where in London are you most likely to find young singles?

    Which boroughs have been the most consistent in their political voting in the last three elections?

    Which borough has the highest fertility rate?

    Which underground line has had the most incidents?

    Intrigued? I was too.

    In a new book brought out by Particular Books, London is presented to us in stunning maps and graphs covering nearly every aspect of our lives: gathering data on our relationships, our spending, our commute, our tweets, our happiness and so much more, in relation to where we live in the capital.

    The makers of the book: Dr. James Cheshire a geographer and Oliver Uberti a visual journalist and designer make data look enticing – to take one example – when you see the patterns and journeys of the London commute in all it’s glory, their artistic graph shows off the beauty of the chaotic order.

    This is the type of book you can peruse in the dark wintry months over and over. You can only imagine and get a sense of how much research and data collection must have been behind this project. It is a fascinating dissection of London life as we know it, but it won’t be long before another book like this will be required.

    London, The Information Capital by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti, 2014, published by Particular Books (Penguin) available to order here