10 Jan '12, 10am

Think Infographics are New? At London's Transport Museum, They Date Back to the 1920s

Think Infographics are New? At London's Transport Museum, They Date Back to the 1920s

Infographics have become controversial and TreeHugger has been having a field day discussing the pro's and con's. However, in the "nothing new under the sun" department, it turns out that they have been around as far back as the 1920s. London's estimable Transport Museum is having an exhibition of vintage posters from that time, and look what's popped up... © London Transport Museum The small display of 20 posters is entitled Painting by Numbers and shows artistic, historical versions of data visualisation (as it used to be called). Most of the posters in the display date back to the 1930s or earlier and were designed to promote the benefits of travelling by London transport. Some were used as public relations to convince people of how good the services were -- nothing new there. The number of people using the system, even in 1923, is staggering: 1.134 M people, and a staf...

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