Soft Propaganda, Special Relationships and a New Democracy: Adprint and Isotype


Originally from Vienna, Otto Neurath (1882–1945) can be seen as the godfather of today’s infographics. An innovator in museum practice, he also invented the Isotype method of pictorial statistics in close collaboration with Marie Reidemeister, with whom he fled the rise of Nazism, eventually landing in England. Through fellow émigré Wolfgang Foges and his book packaging firm Adprint, they were commissioned to design Isotype charts for printed matter supported by the UK Ministry of Information during the war. This book illustrates around 150 Isotypes from these publications and provides in-depth information about their production and remarkable quality during wartime. As with all books about Isotypes, with just a quick flip, one can’t help but learn about meat production, births, deaths, and anything that can be depicted graphically. 

  • Authors: Christopher Burke and Wim Jansen
  • Size: 6.75 × 9.5 inches 
  • Pages: 208
  • Binding: Softcover
  • Publisher: De Buitenkant, 2022