A history of infographics at New Scientist (well, sort of)

Last week I was clearing up my desk in preparation for an office move in October, when I came across some of my first graphics completed for New Scientist way back in 1990. At that stage I was freelancing for the magazine and had great foresight to keep everything I did and paste them into a ‘scrapbooks’.

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At that stage everything was done on CS10 paper using Rotring pens of various sizes and scraping out mistakes and corrections. Text was printed out from a basic Macintosh II and pasted using cowgum onto an acetate overlay. Colours were specified to the printer as acetate overlays as well – happy days of ink everywhere and the smell of cowgum.

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I posted a couple of the graphics on twitter and LinkedIn to many comments, so I thought I should post a couple here. I will photograph many more and try and catalogue the styles through the years when I get time, but in the meantime enjoy…

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To explain is to narrate: How to visualise scientific data. Editorial published

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Just been notified that an editorial has just been published (Italian) in Recenti Progressi in Medicina, taken from my presentation for associali.it annual meeting

http://www.recentiprogressi.it/

http://www.recentiprogressi.it/articoli.php?archivio=yes&vol_id=1574&id=17106

Many thanks for all that translated my mumblings into a cohesive form and publishing them including the video

Google translate does a good job if you want to read it