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Historical Data Visualization: Minard’s map vectorized and revisited

Historical Data Visualization: Minard’s map vectorized and revisited | visual data | Scoop.it

Generally considered as the first data visualization, the figurative map of Charles Joseph Minard (1869) shows the path of Napoleon’s troops across the Russian Empire of Alexander I. Using amazingly simple and modern graphical codes, this map displays the progress of the troops in the form of a stream whose width indicates the size of the “Great Army”, which will dramatically decrease throughout the campaign.

Although it is reasonable to ask whether this Figurative Map of the successive losses in men of the French Army in the Russian campaign 1812-1813 is indeed a “data visualization” (in itself, it is a drawing that summarizes information), this map is the central piece of an impressive number of articles, analyses and talks. This post is a contribution to the study of historical data visualization. In addition to a faithful vectorized version of the original map, it offers a “geographical” and a “historical” map based on the model of Minard.

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Infographic: Shutterstock’s Global Design Trends 2013

Infographic: Shutterstock’s Global Design Trends 2013 | visual data | Scoop.it
Explore Shutterstock's annual design trends infographic to find out what the biggest trends of the year will be.

Shutterstock licenses more images than anyone on the web, allowing for some pretty insightful trend forecasting.

After creating the first design-trends infographic last year; this year's incorporates increased data and images, and provides a more in-depth look at what to expect in the year ahead.
Check out the full infographic at the article link, then read on for 10 favorite takeaways...

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Minna Kilpeläinen's curator insight, April 13, 2013 11:46 AM

Nice infographic about design trends in different countries. In some way these trends tend to be somewhat predictable.

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Dazzling Infographics Design Elements: Vector Resources

Dazzling Infographics Design Elements: Vector Resources | visual data | Scoop.it

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.

The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization, information design, or information architecture. In newspapers, infographics are commonly used to show the weather, maps, site plans, charts and graphs for statistical data.


These infographic element kits are all editable vector shapes in organized file formats, for use in presentation, print files or web site graphics.

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Arabian Gazette's curator insight, May 19, 2013 4:52 AM

May your next Infographic be done in a breeze!

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Infographic Design Vector Elements: Resources for creating visualizations

Infographic Design Vector Elements: Resources for creating visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it

A collection of resoureces and links to free infographic design vector elements, including various graphics, charts, labels, pictograms, symbols, maps and more- for use in designing infographics and data visualizations.

Simply open the files in a vector based program and edit...

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Dazhi Jiang's curator insight, December 12, 2012 5:35 AM

Infographic resources