03
Feb

Information graphics is at least 143 years old

Post title - LIONblog

Napoleon's withdrawal from Russia, a painting by Adolph Northen, image from wikipedia,

I was a bit shocked when I considered that one of the first works - and possibly one of the most artistic ones - in information graphics dates back to 1869, when Charles Joseph Minard produced his famous "Carte figurative des pertes successives en hommes de l'Armée Française dans la campagne de Russie 1812-1813", a flow map on the subject of Napoleon's disastrous "French invasion of Russia (1812).

To celebrate - we are now 200 years from Napoleon's French invasion - I reproduced that historic information graphics with our Grapheur.

Post title - LIONblog
LIONsolver allows us to reproduce Minard's map and to do something more: to represent the temporal evolution of the events (you should get a sample by clicking on the animated GIF image above). This is done by the usage of arrows and Grapheur's sweeping visualization: time is selected as the variable to be "swept" and a movie in time is created by clicking the "advance" button in the control window.