How do we visualize history? Produced by Visualizing History

Historical visualizations are a type of data visualization.

Data visualization is an emerging field based on:

1) The Internet + new digital technology.

2) The recent growth of big data.

3) the centuries-old tradition...

...of beautifully presenting statistics + information.

4) Great design.

Data visualizations include conventional line and bar graphs, but also beautiful new forms of information design.

"Linkedin maps data visualization" by Luc Legay | Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/luc/5418037955
Graphic by Francesco Franchi + Alessandro Giberti, Illustration by Danilo Agutoli for IL SOLE 24 ORE (ITALY) | https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/10/151016-data-points-alberto-cairo-interview/
'User Activity on Wikipedia' by Fernanda B. Viégas | Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Viegas-UserActivityonWikipedia.gif
"Map of Woodnotes" by CHRIMING | https://www.behance.net/gallery/23975679/The-map-of-woodnote-poster

Historical data visualizations take advantage of these new forms, but Also rely on fresh versions of classics.

Made by Walbaum | https://www.wired.com/2010/01/st_henrietta/
"Info We Trust" by RJ Andrews | https://medium.com/info-we-trust/interacting-with-the-history-of-dataviz-2d1867f2bf9a

...like timelines

"Pink Floyd Timeline 1960-2000" by 802.11 | https://www.flickr.com/photos/7372907@N07/3428778556/in/set-72157617517094824
"The Future, as Foretold in the Past," by Accurat for La Lettura | https://medium.com/@giorgialupi/data-humanism-the-revolution-will-be-visualized-31486a30dbfb

But there are other ways Data visualization can be a powerful tool for understanding history.

for example, Visualizations breathe life into War statistics.

The designers responsible for great data visualizations have a wide mix of skills

Collaboration, knowledge of design elements + principles are key.

so are programming languages, + knowledge of how to represent various forms of data.


Visualizing history brings life to the past by reimagining ways to see it, feel it, and learn from it.

This is thanks to the evolving field of data visualization

and to the designers and programmers continually pushing its boundaries forward.

  1. https://www.flickr.com/photos/marc_smith/6792756018
  2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/bibliodyssey/4200147876/sizes/l/
  3. https://www.flickr.com/photos/bibliodyssey/4200514564/sizes/l/
  4. http://www.topdesignmag.com/beautiful-examples-of-very-old-infographics/
  5. http://pdp2010.blogspot.com/2010/03/ye-old-infographics-complete-history-of.html
  6. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/41/NSFNET-traffic-visualization-1991.jpg


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