Data visualizations aid in the pragmatics of our everyday lives: navigating the subway, estimating expenses, keeping track of energy use. Visuals-centric book publishers Visual Editions has brought them to bear in the literary realm as well. With its release of Where You Are, a collection of 16 writings accompanied by 16 maps, VE augments how readers experience the textual narratives by including visual narratives as well.
For another layer of depth, Where You Are is available both off and online, with the help of web designers The Workers. The online version allows viewers to see in real time how many other users are reading a specific piece and to literally see where they are in Where You Are.
“We like to think of the site as an elongated version of the printed book, giving readers something they couldn’t experience with the printed book,” Visual Editions cofounders Anna Gerber and Britt Iversen told Visually in... keep reading