Improving on Minard?!?
How dare they! Well, actually, it’s a fun exercise. Declared by Tufte to be one of the best statistical graphics ever drawn, Joseph Minard’s graph of Napoleon's march on Russia is definitely a classic (a copy hangs in my bathroom). John Boykin recently took a crack at redesigning the classic, and goes into quite a bit of detail on his website about the choices he made: John links to a series of other re-creations and re-interpretations of Minard’s dataset, as collected by Michael Friendly: 3D: I More