The Forgotten Maps of Minard

This article is outdated. In 2018, my book on Minard’s work and legacy was published by Princeton Architectural Press. It contains lots of new insights and features — piece by piece — all statistical maps by the hand of Minard that have survived to this day. In the ever growing field of information visualisation, there…

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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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Book: Information Graphics

I can hardly exaggerate my excitement on the release of my first book earlier this week: INFORMATION GRAPHICS, published by Taschen, is out. It was an honour to work with the very talented and experienced team at Taschen, who supported me in editing, collecting and commenting this large collection of work from the field of…

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