I just got a copy of Beautiful Evidence by Edward Tufte. This truly does make information a beautiful thing to behold.
You might have seen Beautiful Data (link only for Rice) already; it came out in the summer of 2009,by Toby Segaran and Jeff Hammerbacker.
I love this new push to wonderful visual design in presenting data, even if it does come with some challenges. The DiRT wiki has a whole slew of data visualization tools to play with; so, try a Wordle or a chart done with Many Eyes, and see how much beauty can add to your information.