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Vintage Infodesign [60]

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

March 10, 2014

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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

(image: Florence Nightingale)

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The Great Chain of Being (1617) | Robert Fludd

(image: Robert Fludd)

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

(image: Eberhard Werner Happel)

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Map of Africa (1554) | Sebastian Munster

(image: Sebastian Munster)

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Italy (1934) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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Islands in the Atlantic (1851) | John Tallis

(image: John Tallis)

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UK Road Signs (c1930) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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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

(image: Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues)

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Mexico (c1900) | Diaz de Leon

(image: Diaz de Leon)

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The Battle of Nerwinden (1793)

(image: Diaz de Leon)

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Military Expenditure (1942) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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Map of Africa (1848) | Henry S. Tanner

(image: Henry S. Tanner)

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La Rochelle et environs (1773) | Nicolas Chalmandrier

(image: Nicolas Chalmandrier)

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

(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.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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