Improving on Minard?!?

In: Graphic Design (general) History Innovative Maps

2 Mar 2012

How dare they! Well, actually, it’s a fun exercise. Declared by Tufte to be one of the best statistical graphics ever drawn, Joseph Minard’s graph of Napoleon’s march on Russia is definitely a classic (a copy hangs in my bathroom).

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John Boykin recently took a crack at redesigning the classic, and goes into quite a bit of detail on his website about the choices he made:

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John links to a series of other re-creations and re-interpretations of Minard’s dataset, as collected by Michael Friendly:

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3D:

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I particularly like this googlemap version:

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And then there’s the executive summary version. Bwahahahahaha!

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(via JunkCharts)

1 Response to Improving on Minard?!?

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Al

March 2nd, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I love how it’s the last one that is the most powerful…

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