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
Germany (1939) | Fortune magazine
Comparative table of the length of the rivers and lakes (1855) | Constant Desjardins
The church versus the kingdom (1918) | Clarence Larkin
Plan of Salvador (1760) | Nicolaus Bellin
(Via Berg Book)
The massive retaliatory power (1954) | Fortune magazine
Map of Bermudas (1640) | Willem Janszoon Blaeu
(Via Rare Maps)
Map of the Kiev tram (1918)
Comparison of the size of the planets (1855) | Ludwig Preyssinger
Garagenhof (1930) | Illustriete Zeitung
(Via JF Ptak Science Books)
Soviet growth (1946) | Fortune magazine
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.