A Handsome Atlas

This wonderful new website contains an intelligently curated selection of visualizations from the US census in the late 19th century. It’s fascinating to see how innovative people were before they got told what “best practice” was*, and how we are only now re-discovering how to do with computers these wonderful things that were once adequately performed with pencils and watercolours. In fact, Jim Vallandingham has been doing just that, using the D3 JavaScript library. Very nice indeed, and the advantage of the computer is you can just stick another data set in and re-run at the touch of a button.

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* – however, I think it might not have been altogether bad to say farewell to bar charts that go off the right-hand side of the page and re-appear on the left…

 

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