Vintage Infodesign [60]

Science, technology and our ancient world, in vintage graphics and plates

March 10, 2014  |  CATEGORIES: Featured, News

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If you had the chance to read last Saturday’s Data Viz News, you probably noticed a bunch of articles related to the topic in hand in this column: vintage information design. Among those, there were two related to the Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight exhibit that is taking place until May 26th, at the British Library – which we’ve talked about here.

These articles came from two very popular websites, Fastco Design and Wired, and both featured several examples of the wonderful visualizations that those lucky ones able to attend the exhibit will have the opportunity to appreciate in their full glory.

Besides this two posts, we just came across an interesting Q&A with Dr. Johanna Kieniewicz, the exhibit curator, published on Decoded Past. As she explains, “we were keen to highlight diagrams that pictured scientific data in interesting and innovative ways. But it wasn’t just about choosing diagrams that use new techniques – we also wanted to highlight items that told interesting stories.”.

We open today’s Vintage InfoDesign with three of those historic visualizations: Florence Nightingale’s classic “rose diagram” – Andy Cotgreave wrote about this one, also this past week – , Robert Fludd’s The Great Chain of Being (1617), and the magnificent world map of ocean currents, by Eberhard Werner Happel (1675).

Hope you enjoy!

Diagram of causes of morality in the Army of the East (1934) | Florence Nightingale

Vintage infographic illustration diagram of the causes of death in the army of the west

(image: Florence Nightingale)

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The Great Chain of Being (1617) | Robert Fludd

Vintage infographic illustration The Great Chain of Being (1617) | Robert Fludd

(image: Robert Fludd)

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World map of ocean currents (1675) | Eberhard Werner Happel

Vintage infographic illustration World map of ocean currents (1675) | Eberhard Werner Happel

(image: Eberhard Werner Happel)

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Map of Africa (1554) | Sebastian Munster

Vintage infographic illustration Map of Africa (1554) | Sebastian Munster

(image: Sebastian Munster)

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Italy (1934) | Fortune Magazine

Vintage infographic illustration Italy (1934) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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Islands in the Atlantic (1851) | John Tallis

Vintage infographic illustration Islands in the Atlantic (1851) | John Tallis

(image: John Tallis)

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UK Road Signs (c1930) | Fortune Magazine

Vintage infographic illustration UK Road Signs (c1930) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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A Plan of the Solar System (c1840) | Elijah H. Burritt

Vintage infographic illustration A Plan of the Solar System (c1840) | Elijah H. Burritt

(image: Elijah H. Burritt)

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Map of Florida and the Caribbean (1588) | Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues

Vintage infographic illustration Map of Florida and the Caribbean (1588) | Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues

(image: Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues)

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Mexico (c1900) | Diaz de Leon

Vintage infographic illustration Map Mexico (c1900) | Diaz de Leon

(image: Diaz de Leon)

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The Battle of Nerwinden (1793)

Vintage infographic illustration Map Mexico (c1900) | Diaz de Leon

(image: Diaz de Leon)

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Military Expenditure (1942) | Fortune Magazine

Vintage infographic Military Expenditure (1942) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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Map of Africa (1848) | Henry S. Tanner

Vintage infographic Map of Africa (1848) | Henry S. Tanner

(image: Henry S. Tanner)

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La Rochelle et environs (1773) | Nicolas Chalmandrier

Vintage infographic illustration Map La Rochelle et environs (1773) | Nicolas Chalmandrier

(image: Nicolas Chalmandrier)

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Salt Marshes of San Francisco Bay (1874) | T J Arnold

Vintage infographic illustration Map La Rochelle et environs (1773) | Nicolas Chalmandrier

(image: Nicolas Chalmandrier)

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That’s it for today’s round-up! We’ll be back next week with another round-up of vintage maps, graphics and diagrams, but until then, enjoy our Pinterest board, where we’re posting all of these visual goodies.

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