Charles Joseph Minard: Father of the Infographic

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While the infographic is ubiquitous and mundane now, at its inception it was a revolutionary concept – an entirely new way to present lots of data visually for easier assimilation. Before Minard blew minds with his Carte figurative des pertes successives en hommes de l’Armée Française dans la campagne de Russie 1812-1813, above and describing the size of Napoleon’s army as it invaded Russia and was decimated by the Russians and a terrible winter, you would have had to look at a table of figures which wouldn’t have had nearly the same impact.

OK, let’s just put it this way – without Minard, you wouldn’t have The Oatmeal, now would you?

Read more at this comprehensive biography, or much less at the Wikipedia page.