One of the fields that is literally turned upside down these days is journalism. Newspapers and magazines have a history of many decades, their first ancestors appeared in early modern times. Now, digital publishing allows for completely new approaches to reporting.
I am currently preparing a catalog of all statistical visualizations by Charles-Joseph Minard (1781-1870), who is considered one of the … More
Timelines seem like such a „natural idea“ these days that we don’t even notice their ubiquity anymore: Facebook timeline, news feeds, graphic interfaces for back-up versions – how did anyone manage their life before there were things like this? Timelines are a universal concept…
I stumbled upon this severe beauty of a tree diagram in the Beinecke digital collections and was immediately thrilled about this hidden gem from 1608. Then I never came around to really studying it — until just now…
The Earth is roughly four and a half billion years old. During most of that time—i.e. over the course of some four billion years—the geological and biological development on our planet happened unbelievably slow. How can we possibly form even a faint idea of this unimaginable process that is the history of the Earth?
There is a very basic joy in roaming through atlases and in looking at maps. Atlases are rich collections of places, and if there is one thing they can do it is making you travel around the world, to places near and far…
Visualising data on health and mortality has a most up-to-date ring to it, as if it had required the rise of big data and computational tools for something as intricate as visual health statistics to develop. Surprisingly, however, already the mid-19th century saw a huge upsurge…
The interwar period in Europe was marked by a whirlwind of contradicting social influences and political turmoil. Revolutionary and socialist … More
This beauty of a diagram is considered to be the first organisational chart ever. The inception of the railways in the mid-19th century must have been a mind-blowing change process…
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. Today, experts from the field like to joke that data visualisation serves as a gateway drug to statistics…
There’s hardly any infographic that is more famous, more often cited and more often re-designed than the graphic on Napoleon’s march … More
To craft something requires skills, mastery and patience. It means to create something step by step, with a passion for … More
My work throughout the past years has involved researching current trends as well as the long history of information visualisation. This research focus … More
Nicholas Felton‘s work has been an inspiration to many people in the field of information visualisation, not only when he … More
I felt honoured to be part of the jury of this year’s “Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards”. The awards’ winners … More
This semester, I have the great pleasure to teach again within the interface design programme of the University of Applied … More
When I think about cartography, I am always fascinated by the different associations the term evokes in my brain: from … More
For the first time this year, the organisers behind “Visualising Knowledge” conference in Helsinki (most notably the busy and well-connected … More
As you may have figured, the history of information vis is one of my favourite research topics at the moment, … More
The Rheinische Fachhochschule in Cologne, one of the oldest of its kind in Germany, invited me to talk as part of … More
I have had the great opportunity last week to present at this year’s Malofiej conference one of my currently favorite … More
Yes, I am quite excited to announce the release of my second collaboration with TASCHEN publishing, “Understanding the World. The … More
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.