Beautiful timelines

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I’m currently researching various designs for a new Bible timeline to go in the Soul Survivor One Year Bible. Anyway, I’ve stumbled across some wonderful examples of timeline design.

Take a look, for example at this gloriously convoluted history of American Political parties from the 1890s:

Zoomable pic here

The Minard map of Napoleon’s campaign in russia has been acclaimed as one of the best infographics ever:

And you can find more here at Strange Maps, which is a treasure trove of unusual and thought-provoking cartography.

While the Edward Tufte website contains a wealth of examples. Along with promotion for Tufte’s books, of course.