by Infogram
Create infographics

Vintage Infodesign [128]

Join us in another exquisite trip into data visualization history

August 31, 2015

Today’s Vintage InfoDesign is packed with gorgeous examples of old maps, charts and diagrams, but before we move on to that, we’d like to call your attention for two recent articles that are quite the fit for this weekly column.

To start, Geoff McGhee‘s ‘Steampunk’ Infographics article, featured in the new National Geographic Data Points blog. The starting point of Geoff’s article is the recreation of the Statistical Atlas of the United States with current data, done by Nathan Yau, that we also mentioned here.

The second recommendation goes to Greg Miller‘s long form article on Wired, titled “Inside the Secret World of Russia’s Cold War Mapmakers“. It tells the tale of John Davies, a retired British software developer who has been studying the Soviet maps for a decade, since he was on a consulting trip to Latvia in the early 2000s. That’s when he stumbled on a trove of Soviet maps in a shop near the center of the capital city, Riga.

We hope you enjoy the reading, and now it’s time for the vintage picks of the week:

Business Booms and Depressions (1943) | Tension Envelope Corporation

(image: Tension Envelope Corporation)

(Via Slate)

Germany (1939) | Fortune magazine

(imagem: Fortune magazine)
(imagem: Fortune magazine)

(Via Fulltable)

Comparative table of the length of the rivers and lakes (1855) | Constant Desjardins

(image: Constant Desjardins)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

The church versus the kingdom (1918) | Clarence Larkin

(image: Clarence Larkin)

(Via Wikipedia)

Plan of Salvador (1760) | Nicolaus Bellin

(image: Nicolaus Bellin)

(Via Berg Book)

The massive retaliatory power (1954) | Fortune magazine

(imagem: Fortune magazine)

(Via Fulltable)

Map of Bermudas (1640) | Willem Janszoon Blaeu

(image: Willem Janszoon Blaeu)

(Via Rare Maps)

Map of the Kiev tram (1918)

(image: Map of the Kiev tram (1918))

(Via Mashke)

Comparison of the size of the planets (1855) | Ludwig Preyssinger

(image: Ludwig Preyssinger)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Garagenhof (1930) | Illustriete Zeitung

(image: Illustriete Zeitung)

(Via JF Ptak Science Books)

Soviet growth (1946) | Fortune magazine

(imagem: Fortune magazine)

(Via Fulltable)


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.