16 September 2008

1920s-syle visualizations

Working at a digital humanities lab, I spend a lot of time thinking about ways to make information meaningful visually. So, of course, I loved these images from The Illustrated London News for March 26, 1927, posted over at Ptak Science Books:

"It is a great way of comparing two disparate, out-of-place equals, and certainly can get the idea of the size of something as stand-alone and solitary as a great ship to children (and adults, too) by comparing it to something as obvious as a tall building., This time its really just comparing the length of the SS Mauretania with the heights of some famous and notable buildings." (link)

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