Category Archives: Pioneers of visualisation

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

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 & 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

Research: “The forgotten maps of Minard” (Paris)

In the ever growing field of information visualisation, there are a few historical heroes and pioneers who are always referred to when it comes to how this mode of communication has evolved. One of the most famous historical infographics is

Research: “The forgotten maps of Minard” (Paris)

In the ever growing field of information visualisation, there are a few historical heroes and pioneers who are always referred to when it comes to how this mode of communication has evolved. One of the most famous historical infographics is

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.