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A Brief History of Infographics
Babylonian
Clay Tablet
500 BC
1st Printed: Edmond Halley’s
Map Showing Prevailing
Winds 1686
1875 First Daily Weather Map by Frances Galton
Early
Weathe...
William Playfair 1786
Founder of Graphical Statistics
Invented
• Line graph
• Bar Chart
• Pie Chart
• Circle graph
Dr. John Snow: London Cholera Epidemic 1854
Snow combined map with data to plot cholera deaths to find source
Table of Universal History, Paris 1858.
Visual of the complete history of humankind, from Adam and Eve to1858.
Individual ...
What’s Napoleon Got to Do With It?
Charles Minard, 1869
Charted the Complex Story of Napoleon’s Disaster
Otto Neurath 1925
Forefather of the pictograms we see today
Fritz Khan 1926
Visualizes human metabolism as a process of industrial production
Credit: Fritz Kahn. Stuttgart 1926 © von...
Chart of Electromagnetic Radiations 1944
The Lawrence Livermoore National Lab
Ridiculed as journalistic fast food
But most newspapers adoped the
full-color, graphic-intensive look
Most imitated the We...
Explaining War: World War I
Explaining War:
World War II
Still Explaining War:
Costs of War
Still Explaining War:
Collateral Casualties
2014
http://popchartlab.com/produ
cts/the-very-many-varieties-
of-beer
Infographic Humour
Infographic Overload
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A Brief History of Information Graphics/Infographics

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A brief overview of a few pioneers of information graphics with a few samples through time. From cave drawings to today

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A Brief History of Information Graphics/Infographics

  1. 1. A Brief History of Infographics
  2. 2. Babylonian Clay Tablet 500 BC
  3. 3. 1st Printed: Edmond Halley’s Map Showing Prevailing Winds 1686 1875 First Daily Weather Map by Frances Galton Early Weather Maps
  4. 4. William Playfair 1786 Founder of Graphical Statistics Invented • Line graph • Bar Chart • Pie Chart • Circle graph
  5. 5. Dr. John Snow: London Cholera Epidemic 1854 Snow combined map with data to plot cholera deaths to find source
  6. 6. Table of Universal History, Paris 1858. Visual of the complete history of humankind, from Adam and Eve to1858. Individual cultures are depicted as rivers. Credit: Eug. Pick, 1858 Paris http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/mar/16/infographics-data-visualisation-history
  7. 7. What’s Napoleon Got to Do With It?
  8. 8. Charles Minard, 1869 Charted the Complex Story of Napoleon’s Disaster
  9. 9. Otto Neurath 1925 Forefather of the pictograms we see today
  10. 10. Fritz Khan 1926 Visualizes human metabolism as a process of industrial production Credit: Fritz Kahn. Stuttgart 1926 © von Debschitz http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/mar/16/infographics-data-visualisation-history
  11. 11. Chart of Electromagnetic Radiations 1944 The Lawrence Livermoore National Lab
  12. 12. Ridiculed as journalistic fast food But most newspapers adoped the full-color, graphic-intensive look Most imitated the Weather Map 1982 USA Today
  13. 13. Explaining War: World War I
  14. 14. Explaining War: World War II
  15. 15. Still Explaining War: Costs of War
  16. 16. Still Explaining War: Collateral Casualties 2014
  17. 17. http://popchartlab.com/produ cts/the-very-many-varieties- of-beer
  18. 18. Infographic Humour Infographic Overload

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