Category Archives: Information graphics

Data trails: “The power of trees” (1855)

This beauty of a diagram is considered to be the first organisational chart ever. It was drawn in 1855 and shows the structure of the New York and Erie Railroad Company, a large business of 4,715 employees which operated five railway lines with some 500 miles of tracks at the time. The company is envisioned as a magnificent tree, with its roots forming the center of power in the person of the president and the surrounding board of directors.

Data trails: “The power of trees” (1855)

This beauty of a diagram is considered to be the first organisational chart ever. It was drawn in 1855 and shows the structure of the New York and Erie Railroad Company, a large business of 4,715 employees which operated five railway lines with some 500 miles of tracks at the time. The company is envisioned as a magnificent tree, with its roots forming the center of power in the person of the president and the surrounding board of directors.

Data trails: “81 years of graphical excellence” (1874)

81 years of budget data and various categories in three diagrams – the United States Fiscal Chart from the 1870 US census atlas is a real blockbuster in the history of data visualisation. The atlas as a whole is full of interesting graphics and has a widespread reputation as an early gem of data visualisation.

Data trails: “81 years of graphical excellence” (1874)

81 years of budget data and various categories in three diagrams – the United States Fiscal Chart from the 1870 US census atlas is a real blockbuster in the history of data visualisation. The atlas as a whole is full of interesting graphics and has a widespread reputation as an early gem of data visualisation.

Book review: “Mapping Time” (Esri Press)

There’s hardly any infographic that is more famous, more often cited and more often re-designed than the graphic on Napoleon’s march to Moscow, designed by the Frenchman Charles Joseph Minard in 1869. The graphic is astounding as it seamlessly integrates six dimensions of

Book review: “Mapping Time” (Esri Press)

There’s hardly any infographic that is more famous, more often cited and more often re-designed than the graphic on Napoleon’s march to Moscow, designed by the Frenchman Charles Joseph Minard in 1869. The graphic is astounding as it seamlessly integrates six dimensions of

Book review: “Dear Data” (Penguin)

To craft something requires skills, mastery and patience. It means to create something step by step, with a passion for details and execution. Crafted products are en vogue these days, and in a world where industrial and digital creation processes

Book review: “Dear Data” (Penguin)

To craft something requires skills, mastery and patience. It means to create something step by step, with a passion for details and execution. Crafted products are en vogue these days, and in a world where industrial and digital creation processes

Workshop: “The Future(s) of the Atlas” (Leipzig)

My work throughout the past years has involved researching current trends as well as the long history of information visualisation. This research focus has led me to peek into a variety of professional and scientific disciplines. Coming from an art history background myself,

Workshop: “The Future(s) of the Atlas” (Leipzig)

My work throughout the past years has involved researching current trends as well as the long history of information visualisation. This research focus has led me to peek into a variety of professional and scientific disciplines. Coming from an art history background myself,

Article: “The Feltron Annual Reports” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Nicholas Felton‘s work has been an inspiration to many people in the field of information visualisation, not only when he helped Facebook create their timeline to “unlock people’s personal stories”, but most prominently with his series of Annual Reports which

Article: “The Feltron Annual Reports” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Nicholas Felton‘s work has been an inspiration to many people in the field of information visualisation, not only when he helped Facebook create their timeline to “unlock people’s personal stories”, but most prominently with his series of Annual Reports which

Jury member: “Information is Beautiful Awards” (London)

I felt honoured to be part of the jury of this year’s “Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards”. The awards’ winners were announced last night in London, and I regret very much that I couldn’t make it to London as the

Jury member: “Information is Beautiful Awards” (London)

I felt honoured to be part of the jury of this year’s “Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards”. The awards’ winners were announced last night in London, and I regret very much that I couldn’t make it to London as the

Teaching: “Diagrams, maps, trees” (Potsdam)

This semester, I have the great pleasure to teach again within the interface design programme of the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. Teaching is awesome: you get to work with talented and bright young people and you continually learn

Teaching: “Diagrams, maps, trees” (Potsdam)

This semester, I have the great pleasure to teach again within the interface design programme of the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. Teaching is awesome: you get to work with talented and bright young people and you continually learn

Interview: “A general literacy in info vis” (InformForm)

Maria da Gandra and Maaike van Neck are the masterminds behind the magazine InformForm. Two beautifully designed print issues have been published to this day. Conceived as an international platform for information design, the magazine is now accompanied by an online

Interview: “A general literacy in info vis” (InformForm)

Maria da Gandra and Maaike van Neck are the masterminds behind the magazine InformForm. Two beautifully designed print issues have been published to this day. Conceived as an international platform for information design, the magazine is now accompanied by an online

Book review: “Map. Exploring the World” (Phaidon)

When I think about cartography, I am always fascinated by the different associations the term evokes in my brain: from map nerd to mathematical superbrain, from school atlas to interactive data visualisation, from “dusty” library map room to high end

Book review: “Map. Exploring the World” (Phaidon)

When I think about cartography, I am always fascinated by the different associations the term evokes in my brain: from map nerd to mathematical superbrain, from school atlas to interactive data visualisation, from “dusty” library map room to high end

Talk: “Mind the Gap” (Helsinki)

For the first time this year, the organisers behind “Visualising Knowledge” conference in Helsinki (most notably the busy and well-connected designers Juuso Koponen and Jonatan Hildén) have put together an academic symposium as a satellite event to the main conference.

Talk: “Mind the Gap” (Helsinki)

For the first time this year, the organisers behind “Visualising Knowledge” conference in Helsinki (most notably the busy and well-connected designers Juuso Koponen and Jonatan Hildén) have put together an academic symposium as a satellite event to the main conference.

Talk: “Datavisualisation—age-old, brand new” (Helsinki)

As you may have figured, the history of information vis is one of my favourite research topics at the moment, and I am happy to present some of my findings whenever I can. So I gladly took the opportunity to

Talk: “Datavisualisation—age-old, brand new” (Helsinki)

As you may have figured, the history of information vis is one of my favourite research topics at the moment, and I am happy to present some of my findings whenever I can. So I gladly took the opportunity to

Talk: “Datavisualisation: age-old, brand new” (Potsdam)

The great team over at University of Applied Sciences runs an interface design course for Bachelor and MA students which is buzzing with ideas, relevant research and a great spirit. At the end of the summer semester, students of the

Talk: “Datavisualisation: age-old, brand new” (Potsdam)

The great team over at University of Applied Sciences runs an interface design course for Bachelor and MA students which is buzzing with ideas, relevant research and a great spirit. At the end of the summer semester, students of the

Talk: “Bigger! Smarter! Better?” (Köln)

The Rheinische Fachhochschule in Cologne, one of the oldest of its kind in Germany, invited me to talk as part of their series of guest lectures on the theme of “Big Data” last week. As I mentioned earlier, what really keeps me occupied

Talk: “Bigger! Smarter! Better?” (Köln)

The Rheinische Fachhochschule in Cologne, one of the oldest of its kind in Germany, invited me to talk as part of their series of guest lectures on the theme of “Big Data” last week. As I mentioned earlier, what really keeps me occupied

Talk & Article: “The Fifty Maps of Minard” (Pamplona)

I have had the great opportunity last week to present at this year’s Malofiej conference one of my currently favorite topics, which I have also mentioned earlier here in this blog, and that is the hidden oeuvre of Charles Joseph

Talk & Article: “The Fifty Maps of Minard” (Pamplona)

I have had the great opportunity last week to present at this year’s Malofiej conference one of my currently favorite topics, which I have also mentioned earlier here in this blog, and that is the hidden oeuvre of Charles Joseph

Book: “Understanding the World – The Atlas of Infographics”

Yes, I am quite excited to announce the release of my second collaboration with TASCHEN publishing, “Understanding the World. The Atlas of Infographics”. Looking back at months and months of doing research, collecting material and meeting professionals from the field,

Book: “Understanding the World – The Atlas of Infographics”

Yes, I am quite excited to announce the release of my second collaboration with TASCHEN publishing, “Understanding the World. The Atlas of Infographics”. Looking back at months and months of doing research, collecting material and meeting professionals from the field,

Book: “Information Graphics”

Boom! I cannot exaggerate my excitement about the release of my first book “Information Graphics”, which I put together with a great team from Taschen Publishing in Cologne. The project was a collaboration with great people from the scene of data visualisation and information graphics.

Book: “Information Graphics”

Boom! I cannot exaggerate my excitement about the release of my first book “Information Graphics”, which I put together with a great team from Taschen Publishing in Cologne. The project was a collaboration with great people from the scene of data visualisation and information graphics.