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Picturing the Great Migration

This design essay is about the creation of two graphics for a SIGNIFICANCE magazine cover article. You can read the original article here and get lost in giant versions of both graphics here.

The Great Migration was the movement of over six million African-Americans out of the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest and West — possibly the largest peacetime migration in history. This essay details how US Census data was elevated to show this migration by mimicking the style of Charles Joseph Minard, 19th century thematic mapping pioneer. READ MORE

Interacting with DataViz History

This is about the making of a full screen interactive that lets you explore the first 300 years of data visualization. I invite you to enjoy and experience it here: www.infowetrust.com/scroll. Across this design essay I review motivations for the creation of the interactive, take you behind the scenes to how it works and reveal many design decisions that were made in its creation.

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Finding Minard

If you’ve been following the series on the history of data visualization you should know that this article – a personal tale of excitement and discovery – is a little bit different. You are welcome to go directly to the more standard module on Minard, otherwise I hope you join me for this short story of how the investigation of Charles Joseph Minard’s life and work lead to a shared adventure of discovery.

The Call to Adventure

The following passage from Michael Friendly’s Visions and Re-visions of Charles Joseph Minard jumped off the page when I first read it it six weeks ago:

Already primed with an enthusiasm for the broader catalog of Minard’s work, discovering that his contemporaries were also big fans spiked my curiosity gap. The thought that a  Minard map adorned a French oil painting in a gallery somewhere was just too rich. READ MORE

Seeking Minard

After examining the history of data visualization greats I have decided to collect my learnings in the style of history’s data visualization greats. The fifth of these visual summaries is presented and discussed below. You can explore the entire series here.

Minard. Carte des quantités de viande. 1858.

The large thematic map above shows the home country of 300 years worth of European data visualization pioneers, in the style of Charles Joseph Minard’s 1858 quantités de viande examination of the supply of meat to Paris – the first work to size pie chart bubbles and place them on a map. I have so much to get to about Minard beyond this little map READ MORE

Out of the Swamp

After examining the history of data visualization greats I have decided to collect my learnings in the style of history’s data visualization greats. The fourth of these visual summaries is presented and discussed below. You can explore the entire series here.

A pair of pages describe early data visualization pioneers, binned by the age at which they first published a significant chart, READ MORE

Population Cosmos

After examining the history of data visualization greats I have decided to collect my learnings in the style of history’s data visualization greats. The third of these visual summaries is presented and discussed below. You can explore the entire series here.

Stacked bars allow comparison across nations of the total number of early data visualization pioneers,  READ MORE

Chart-maker Biography

After examining the history of data visualization greats I have decided to collect my learnings in the style of history’s data visualization greats. The second of these visual summaries is presented and discussed below. You can explore the entire series here.

Timeline bars to show you the lives READ MORE

History of Infographics

Explore the History of Infographics Interactive

The below work was translated to an interactive experience which you can enjoy by clicking the link above.


January 2017 Static Poster Design Essay

After examining the history of data visualization greats I have decided to collect my learnings in the style of history’s data visualization greats. The first of these visual summaries is presented and discussed below. You can explore the entire series here.

A map to guide you through the early developments of data visualization, including cartoons of 84 key charts, in the style of John Ogilby’s 1675 Road Atlas. This image is sized for web-consumption and is only a fraction of the actual piece which can be properly enjoyed via:

ACCESS BIG 31mb JPG HERE

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DataViz in the Movies

Data visualization often references comics, film, and mythology for inspiration. The emotional and visual nature of entertainment media provide powerful lessons for us on how to better communicate complex information to a broader audience. But just as we benefit from Hollywood’s tips and tricks, feature films also take short-cuts from our world to weave audiences through its narratives. READ MORE