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Data visualisation throughout the ages

by Dashboard Insight, Dashboard InsightFriday, February 21, 2014

We came across this article from Design Week that takes a look at how data visualization has evolved throughout the course of human history. We have written a little on this in the past and wanted to share this article with you as it offers some interesting visuals from our history and a fascinating one from just this year:

The growth of ‘big data’ is leading to increasing challenges for designers, who are asked to present complex, massive information stories in simple and engaging graphics.


Perpetual Ocean (c) NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, 2011. This striking animation by NASA visualises the flow of ocean surface currents from June 2005 to December 2007.

But as a new exhibition at the British Library shows, the field of data visualisation is far from new.

The Beautiful Science show presents examples of visualisation from the 17th century to the present day.

Early exhibits include Robert Fludd’s Great Chain of Being – a 1617 representation of the order of the universe, and Florence Nightingale’s famous Rose Diagram, showing causes of mortality among soldiers in the Crimean War.

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