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Vintage Infodesign [83]

Weekly showcase of the ancient craft of data visualization

August 18, 2014

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Those of you who follow this space, where we try to feature every week a set of exquisite vintage visual goodies, know that, every now and then, we highlight a specific publication or an individual’s body of work, that go a bit beyond the Minard, Playfair and the rest of the usual suspects.

Today, our recommendation goes to the work of Boris Artzybasheff (1899-1965), one of the most fascinating – and perhaps underrated – information designers/illustrators of the 1940s-60s period.

During his lifetime, Artzybasheff was probably known best for his magazine art. He illustrated the major American magazines Life, Fortune, and Time (including more than 200 Time Magazine covers over a 24-year span between 1941 and 1965), and we’ll open our post with some of the maps and diagrams he created for Fortune Magazine.

Enjoy this week’s picks:

Cosmos of the UCC (1941) | Boris Artzybasheff for Fortune Magazine

(image: Boris Artzybasheff for Fortune Magazine)

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World Airways (1941) | Boris Artzybasheff for Fortune Magazine

(image: Boris Artzybasheff for Fortune Magazine)

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The Last of the Free Seas (1940) | Boris Artzybasheff for Fortune Magazine

(image: Boris Artzybasheff for Fortune Magazine)

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The American economy (1941) | Boris Artzybasheff for Fortune Magazine

(image: Boris Artzybasheff for Fortune Magazine)

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Aviation’s backlog (1939) | Boris Artzybasheff for Fortune Magazine

(image: Boris Artzybasheff for Fortune Magazine)

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Cure by Chemicals (1939) | Boris Artzybasheff for Fortune Magazine

(image: Boris Artzybasheff for Fortune Magazine)

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Red vs Blue States (1883) | Henry Gannett | US Census Office

(image: Henry Gannett | US Census Office )

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Natural Phenomena (1490) | Hartmann Schedel

(image: Hartmann Schedel)

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Map of Quito, Ecuador, and surroundings (1750) | Pedro Maldonado

(image: Pedro Maldonado)

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Hunger Map of Europe (1918) | United States Food Administration

(image: United States Food Administration)

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Moscow (1556) | Siegmund Freiherr von Herberstein

(image: Siegmund Freiherr von Herberstein)

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Map of the 1556 comet’s course (1558) | Paul Fabricius

(image: Paul Fabricius)

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Map of Colombia (1910) | Francisco Javier Vergara y Velasco

(image: Francisco Javier Vergara y Velasco)

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Kaster Atlas (1575) | Christian Sgrothen

(image: Christian Sgrothen)

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Map of La Reunion (1802) | Jean Baptiste Genevieve Marcellin

(image: Jean Baptiste Genevieve Marcellin)

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Nova Europae (1638) | Johannes Jansson

(image: Johannes Jansson)

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Andersonville Prison (1864) | Robert Knox Sneden

(image: Robert Knox Sneden)

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Cyclones in Cuba (1949) | Gerardo Canet & Erwin Raisz

(image: Gerardo Canet & Erwin Raisz)

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Soviet T-34 Tank Cutaway (1950) | Popular Mechanics

(image: Popular Mechanics)

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That’s it for today’s round up! We’ll be back next week with another selection, but until then, enjoy our Pinterest board, just with old maps and infographics.

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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