Read more about the data and methodology used in this chart here.
Charles Minard was a civil engineer by profession but also, in partial retirement, a celebrated information designer. He was born in France in 1781. This story examines the man and his fascinating diagrams, charts, and maps, including those of Napoleon in Russia, described in his obituary as evoking “bitter reflections on the cost to humanity of the madness of conquerors”.
Mona Chalabi is an enormously talented data journalist and illustrator who has worked with all sorts of prestigious organisations. Her Instagram feed is a trove of original work telling powerful stories with data and illustration. The piece linked to here compares the cost of 1 year’s NYPD micdonduct law suits, with the cost of 1 year’s free bus journeys for every New Yorker.