Regular visitors to TBTP know how I feel about a clever infographic, so you won’t be surprised that I was intrigued by Information Graphic Visionaries. This new book series celebrates historical figures who dramatically changed the way data is organized and communicated. Each book in the series examines in-depth the work of activist Emma Willard; statistician and founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale; and scientist Étienne-Jules Marey, and their continued impact on the way we understand and depict information. The team behind the Kickstarter funded series includes RJ Andrews, author of Info We Trust, art director and designer Lorenzo Fanton, and an expert team of data visualization researchers and professors.
Emma Willard: Maps of History explores how Willard changed how we view time, her inventions defining chronology for millions of Americans. Florence Nightingale: Mortality & Health Diagrams looks at how her data stories persuaded royals and generals to adopt health reforms, preventing thousands of needless deaths. Étienne-Jules Marey: The Graphic Method, La Méthode Graphique was the first book about data graphics, and is being translated to English for the first time.
The books were compiled by researching collections around the world, creating complete visual catalogues of work comprising everything from sketches to final drawings, and along the way discovering long-lost graphics and new material. Archival photography has allowed the reproduction of these findings to be printed to scale, revealing details often overlooked.
The Information Graphic Visionaries series has been launched on Kickstarter, looking for $46,225 backing in order to publish and is already halfway to its goal.