This is a catalog of all statistical visualizations by Charles-Joseph Minard (1781-1870), who is considered one of the most important … More
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
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
Nicholas Felton‘s work has been an inspiration to many people in the field of information visualisation, not only when he … More
Urban cartography has long been an authoritative matter: companies or authorities invested time, energy and money in researching the data … More
I felt honoured to be part of the jury of this year’s “Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards”. The awards’ winners … More
I have had the great opportunity last week to present at this year’s Malofiej conference one of my currently favorite … More
PLEASE NOTE: This article is a few years old. In 2018, my book on Minard’s work and legacy was published … 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.