If you're reading this blog, you may know who Alberto Cairo is. Former graphics director at elmundo.es, infographics professor at Chapel Hill, Infographics director at Globo (Brazil) and, most recently, infographics professor at the University of Miami.
After this (useless) introduction, there's something you need to know: his most recent book, El Arte Funcional, is being translated to english and The Functional Art will be available in summer 2012.
I've been lucky to read it (in spanish) and I strongly recommend you to do the same. And it's not just me.
Nigel Holmes says about it: "It's the most comprehensive and sensible book yet on real-world information graphics"
Not enough? Let's read what Mario Tascón, pioneer in online graphics and one of the most important persons in the spanish online media, has to say:"The Functional Art is brilliant, didactic and also entertaining (...) This book is in the top 5 I would recommend if you want to learn something on visual comunication, along with the ones by Tufte and Wurman"
And even John Grimwade thinks "Alberto has been a constant source of excellence as visual journalist, professor, writer and visionary. Nobody's more influential than him"
This is a great book if you want to learn about infographics. Doesn't matter if you're a professional or a newby. You'll learn. So, remember: summer 2012. The Functional Art.