vintage

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Charting software that pre-dating Excel

RJ Andrews digs up the PC archives of charting software. Scrolling through the thread, you can see the roots of Excel in the software that pre-dates the 1987 Windows release, along with what was considered nice back in the day. In many ways, such as in the interface, features, and chart types, things haven’t changed that much over the past few decades. Tags: Excel, Microsoft, vintage

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Generate a color analysis by uploading an image

Mel Dollison and Liza Daly made a fun interactive that lets you upload an image, and it spits out a vintage-looking color analysis a la Vanderpoel: This generator is based on the works of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel (1842-1939), who hoped her original color analyses would inspire others to study “whatever originals may be at hand in books, shops, private houses, or museums.” We hope you are similarly inspired by her...

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Vintage relief maps

Muir Way updates vintage relief maps with a third dimension. Pretty. The above is a geologic map of the United States, based on a 1932 print. Scott Reinhard made similar maps last year, but Muir Way leaned a little more into it with more geographic areas and prints to buy. Tags: 3-d, Muir Way, vintage

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Exhibition of historical visualization

RJ Andrews, in collaboration with the David Rumsey Map Center, curated a collection of historical data visualization: Data visualization leapt from its Enlightenment origins and into the minds of the general public in the 1760s. It cast more powerful spells throughout the following century. By 1900, modern science, technology, and social movements had all benefited from this new quantitative art. Its inventions include the timeline, bar chart, and thematic map....

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✚ Variable Width is Back (The Process 102)

This past month an old chart type poked its head out from behind the trees and I'm here for it. Read More

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✚ Old Charts and New Ideas (The Process 094)

If you're looking for visual inspiration, one or two centuries back is a good place to start. Read More

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Forgotten map types

Geographer Tim Wallace likes to look at old maps, and is particularly fond of the weird and forgotten types: So, I slowly amassed a more complete list. And here it is. Most of these map types are silly or unusual, not forgotten. Many of them are even deliberately taken out of context to highlight their wackiness and how easily maps can be misread (I sure misread them all the time!)....

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Charting cholera, beyond John Snow

John Snow, who often gets the credit for showing the geographical patterns of a cholera outbreak in London in 1854, wasn’t the only one visualizing data at the time. James Cheshire put together a collection of other charts made at the time. [I]t wasn’t just Snow producing innovative maps and charts to support his cause. Snow was part of an arms race to get the best data communicated by the...

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Vintage map with modern 3-D elevation

This vintage recreation by graphic designer Scott Reinhard fills all the right checkboxes for me. Tags: 3-d, vintage

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Modern reproduction of 1847 geometry books

Euclid’s Elements is a series of 13 books produced in 300 BC that forms a collection of mathematician Euclid’s proofs and definitions. In 1847, Oliver Byrne recreated the first six books “in which coloured diagrams and symbols are used instead of letters for the greater ease of learners.” Nicholas Rougeux recreated Byrne’s work with an online interactive version: This site was created to bring Byrne’s colorful edition to life by...

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