Yale Professor and guru of graphics Edward Tufte sells print outs of this image on his website. His description:
“Probably the best statistical graphic ever drawn, this map by Charles Joseph Minard portrays the losses suffered by Napoleon’s army in the Russian campaign of 1812. Beginning at the Polish-Russian border, the thick band shows the size of the army at each position. The path of Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow in the bitterly cold winter is depicted by the dark lower band, which is tied to temperature and time scales. Exquisitely printed in two colors on fine archival paper, 22” by 15”.”
Not everyone agrees with this, however.
Although the image does display a bunch of dimensions in one image, some people think it’s better to keep images simple. In fact, there seems to be a number of folks
Gene Zelazny and his team of McKinsey folks came up with some alternatives.
Seth Godin is an entertaining management thinker, author of short clever books, who argues for a 2 second rule. Here’s Seth’s version:
John Boykin is a graphic/web designer who came up with this alternative image
What do you think?