Book: History of Information Graphics

Information graphics are a substantial component of our daily media diet. Few people know they have been around for centuries. Like today, they have always worked as a tool for understanding, covering every topic that has ever posed an intellectual challenge, from cosmos and religion to diseases and market prices. Over the course of some five years of research, I have assembled an enormous collection of examples -now out in this book

Read More

The Minard System

“Napoleon’s Russian Campaign” is one of the most famous historical infographics ever. This is a compendium about the life and work of Charles-Joseph Minard (1781-1870), the French civil engineer who created the masterpiece. It was the last in a long series of works. He was trained in technical drawing and cartography as well as in mathematics. After his retirement, he immersed himself in the new art of statistics and data visualisation – creating an outstanding series of statistical maps

Read More

Review: W.E.B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits

The Library of Congress holds a collection of hand-drawn infographics about the life and progress of the African-American population. The series was prepared by the sociologist and civil-rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois with a group of his students and alumni for the Paris World Fair in 1900. A stunning new book from Princeton Architectural Press…

Read More