Do you want some inspiration to create a visually stunning – yet fully optimized – data graphic? Well, let’s go back about a 140 years… Handsome Atlas developed by Jonathan Soma of Brooklyn Brainery, provides a stunning new online interface to a large collection of beautiful data visualizations from the 19th century.

TR: Taking into account the age of these visualizations, one has to wonder if they intended them to be used by our generation in this way. I see potential for a “web 2.0” update of these charts to make them interactive . . .

Tags: infographic, historical, visualization, statistics.

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