Francis Amasa Walker: a graphic hero
I found this article a while ago and have been waiting to share it with you guys.
Susan Schulten, author of Mapping the Nation, has discovered the first ever graphic designer. Believe it or not, he was an American, and on top of that he was a former soldier working for the federal Bureau of Statistics (the census)! A government employee, can you believe it?
Hired to the office in 1870, Francis Walker was, evidently, the first person to visualize population information on a map, and then to combine two different types of information (literacy rates and population density, or indebtedness per capita, or 'excessive males per population density'). He then got a grant from the gov't and worked with a German lithographer to produce some really nice infographics.