If Only Modern Infographs Were As Stunning As These 19th-Century Ones

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Modern infographs can be fun and fascinating, but when it comes to pure aesthetics, they've got nothing on the works of John Philipps Emslie, who mapped the Earth and the sky with an illustrator's flair.

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In fact, Emslie was an illustrator in addition to being a topographer. He wrote and illustrated New Canterbury Tales, and also collected tales of folklore while making topographical maps of England. But his scientific illustrations are particularly stunning, lending his own style to the majesty of the natural world.

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TLEvans
T. L. Evans

Part of the reason for the quality is that many of the ones you show were made by cartographers, while a huge number of modern infographics are made by graphic artists. While the skills and talents of graphic artists can be extremely high, they are usually more heavily trained and educated in the realm of the artistic representation and aesthetics than in the representation of data.