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Vintage Infodesign [95]

Going back in time for a look at the early stages of information design

November 10, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned Andy Cotgreave‘s new tumblr 100yrsofbrinton.tumblr.com – a blog dedicated to celebrate the centenary of Willard C. Brinton‘s pioneer book on data visualization best practices Graphic methods for presenting facts, published by The Engineering Magazine Company in New York.

Andy also wrote a guest post on Visual.ly’s Blog about the importance of Brinton’s work, so we thought it would be nice to have a couple of pages out of the book opening this edition of Vintage Infodesign. Here’s a quote by Andy that sort of sums it all:

The astonishing thing about this book is that in many ways it has not dated at all. You could read this book today and learn as much about effective data visualization as you could by reading anything by Stephen Few, or blogs such as this one.

We couldn’t agree more. The book is available for reading and downloading here, and we hope you enjoy all the other vintage visual gems we picked for you this week:

Graphic methods for presenting facts (1914) | Willard C Brinton

(image: Willard C Brinton)
(image: Willard C Brinton)
(image: Willard C Brinton)
(image: Willard C Brinton)
(image: Willard C Brinton)

(Via)

Albert Richard Football map (1938) | Albert Richard Co

(image: Albert Richard Co)

(Via)

Geological Atlas of the United States (1874) | C.H. Hitchcock, W.P. Blake

(image: C.H. Hitchcock, W.P. Blake)

(Via)

The century of invention Anno Domini 2000 (1834) | Charles Jameson Grant

(image: Charles Jameson Grant)

(Via)

Siege of Fontarabie (1638)

(image: Siege of Fontarabie (1638))

(Via)

United States of America Map (1942) | Miguel Covarrubias

(image: Miguel Covarrubias)

(Via)

Rundstatler Music Typewriter patent (1938) | Gustave Rundstatler

(image: Gustave Rundstatler)

(Via)

You Can See All the World Right Here in the America (1935) | Greyhound Management Company

(image: Greyhound Management Company)

(Via)

The universal color keyboard for Body Building (1925) | M. Clarissa Christeen

(image: M. Clarissa Christeen)

(Via)

Universalis Tabula Iuxta Ptolemaeum (1578) | Gerard Mercator

(image: Gerard Mercator)

(Via)

Willard’s Chronographer of American History (1845) | Emma Willard

(image: Emma Willard)

(Via)

B-24 Liberator Bomber (1943) | Popular Mechanics

(image: Popular Mechanics)

(Via)

Planisphere celeste (1886) | Claude-Joseph Drioux, Charles Leroy

(image: Claude-Joseph Drioux, Charles Leroy)

(Via)

 

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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