9 Fact-Packed Infographics From National Geographic's Archives
A new book collects the best information design from the magazine's 128 years in print.
National Geographic is one of the oldest magazines still in print in the U.S., and its archives are a deep well of great illustrations. When the magazine was founded in 1888, there were no photos to accompany its articles or explain the concepts inside. Instead, there were charts and graphs. “The magazine is the ultimate reference for maps, charts, and diagrams that explain everything about Earth and space. (And much more besides),” information designer Nigel Holmes writes in a new book called National Geographic Infographics ($70 from TASCHEN). The hefty book collects some of the best of the magazine’s 128 years of infographics. Here are just a few of the best ones.
2. WORLD FLOWERS
3. HUNTING ORCAS
4. SLEEP SECRETS
5. KILLER CANCERS
6. THE EVOLUTION OF AIRPLANES
7. <em>COLUMBIA</em>’S SPACELAB
7. SKI HISTORY
9. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPEDITIONS