Old Charts and New Ideas (The Process 094)

June 18, 2020

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Ever since I got into visualization, old charts have interested me. I like the aesthetics. I like the historical context. They’re a good reminder that the visual forms we’re seeing now are likely similar to something someone made 1800s.

So if you’re looking for visual inspiration, one or two centuries back is a good place to start.

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