The Forgotten Maps of Minard

Charles-Joseph Minard is famous for one particular infographic: His map of the so-called “Russian Campaign“ of Napoleon and his army of 420,000 men. It is little known, however, that this graphic was only one of a series of several dozen infographics created by Minard. They all survive in an archive in Paris

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Review: Mapping Manhattan

Maps are a means to store and communicate location-based data – from physical landscape information to climate data, from popular tourist spots to school data. Maps have also become a very popular format for recording personal memories and subjective impressions (such as in Raul Arias’ collection of literary references in Madrid or Hugleikur Dagson’s crazy…

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Review: Generative Logos

Even though tools like “Processing” have been out there for a while, computational design is still a rather new strand in visual communication. In computational design, the final visual appearance is not shaped by the artist’s pen or frozen in an Adobe file, but is dynamically controlled by software. “Design by coding” means the designer…

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The Wind Map by Viégas & Wattenberg

Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viégas have been working in data visualisation for many years now and are currently leading Google’s “Big Picture” research visualisation group. In 2012, they created a great personal project: The “Wind Map”. It visualises in realtime winds blowing across the United States. At the time of writing this post, strong winds…

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