The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge

The Book of Trees covers over 800 years of human culture through the lens of the tree chart, from its roots in religious medieval exegesis to its contemporary, secular digital themes. With more than 200 images the book offers a visual evolution along history of this universal metaphor, showing us the recent emergence of new visual models.


This book, written by Manuel Lima (Visual Complexity) makes visualization a prism through which we can observe the evolution of culture.

tree example visualization

Manuel is a leading voice on information visualization and has spoken in numerous conferences, schools and festivals around the world, including TED, Lift, OFFF, Eyeo, Ars Electronica, IxDA Interaction, Harvard, MIT, Royal College of Art, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, ENSAD Paris, University of Amsterdam, MediaLab Prado Madrid. He has also been featured in various magazines and newspapers, such as Wired, New York Times, Science, BusinessWeek, Creative Review, Fast Company, Forbes, Eye, Grafik, SEED, Étapes, and El País.

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