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© 2017 Manuel Lima

Princeton Architectural Press - New York

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A UNIQUE TAXONOMY
 

The book features a unique and comprehensive taxonomy of twenty-one visual archetypes grouped into seven families.

4+ YEARS OF RESEARCH
 

The book took more than four years of research, roughly 2,000+ exchanged emails, 50,000+ written words, plenty of notes and sketches. 

300+ IMAGES
 

The book includes over 300 images from various time periods and disciplines, from art to astronomy, from design to archeology.

The Book of Circles

Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge
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ABOUT THE BOOK
 

More than 4 years in the making, The Book
of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge

is a unique compendium of 300+ images covering humanity's long-lasting obsession with all things circular.

 

In this Medium post you can read more on 
the origins, motivations, and final structure

of the book.

 
 

WIRED

The Book of Circles is a thorough taxonomy of circular infographics, but it’s also a deep dive into the psychology behind the shape’s enduring appeal.
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Nature

Manuel Lima gathered centuries' worth of circular charts, graphics and illustrations [...] It's a ravishing tour [...] Puts circular thinking in a whole new light.
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images form a compelling argument about just how ingrained the circle is in the human mind and Lima gives some compelling explanations for it.
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Fast Company

REVIEWS

The Guardian

centuries of circular design in pictures [...] Manuel Lima has collected a huge variety of circular artworks, infographics and illustrations from across history.
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BBC Focus Magazine

A new book of illustrations celebrates the beauty and versatility of circles. [...] Lima explains why we’re so attracted to this most simple of shapes.

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the long history of the circle as a form of human expression. [...] Lima breaks down these infographics into a taxonomy of 21 distinct types.

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Hyperallergic