UseableArt : Information + Design

Big Round of Applause for Dr. Snow [medical, information graphic]

Once upon a time in a City called London lived a Doctor by the name of John Snow. Greatly vexed (and losing valuable patients) during the city’s latest epidemic of Cholera, the visually minded physician began mapping out cases in one of the most affected neighborhood and, using his map, was able to trace the epidemic to the local wells. Of incredible historical significance, this Victorian map is a masterpiece of cartography, investigation, and visualization, and an Edward Tufte favorite.

Dr. Snow's Cholera Map

Lessons learned? Even the most simple, effective visualization causes people to think about the subject at hand differently. Oh, and don’t dump raw sewage into your city’s drinking supply.

Andrew Wallerstein’s Personal Website

This entry was published on August 17, 2011 at 11:31 am and is filed under andrew wallerstein, cartography, data ink, history, illustration, infographics, information design, real estate, usability, visualization. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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