I am currently preparing a catalog of all statistical visualizations by Charles-Joseph Minard (1781-1870), who is considered one of the most important forefathers of information visualization and statistical graphics. His map of Napoleon’s Russian campaign has been heralded as “probably one of the best statistical graphics ever drawn”. The book will follow the evolution of his oeuvre and feature many hidden gems from the collection of the École nationale des ponts et chaussées, an engineering college in Paris to which Minard had lifelong close relations. The book is to be released by Princeton Architectural Press in the fall 2018.
In this book, we explored the potential of infographics to explain difficult issues, and the possibility of weaving a larger narrative from a selection of works. Most of the material came from the realm of journalism, and we put together a kind of world atlas. The information given in all these graphics is used to create a larger panorama of our world today.
Also, we enhanced the collection by including historical examples, giving a perspective of how explanatory graphics have been used in earlier times. Apart from numerous reviews in blogs and in the media, the book was featured on Monocle24’s show Section D.
In 2012, I have published „Information Graphics“, a comprehensive compilation of work from the fields of data visualisation and information graphics, in collaboration with Julius Wiedemann at Taschen. The book looks at info graphics and data visualisation as a mode of communication that is used in different worlds: in education or entertainment, in science and journalism etc. We chose works from many different fields, all very diverse in their complexity and in their general “tone”. We also featured works in which people used diagrams to tell something about their personal lives.
Thankfully, we have received numerous nice reviews in various media and blogs from around the world. Here’s a tiny selection: The Guardian // El Pais Blog (Spanish) // Deutschlandradio Kultur (German) // It’s nice that // Brain Pickings.