Richard Saul Wurman, Joseph R. Passonneau
Urban Atlas: 20 American Cities. A Communication Study Notating Select Urban Data at a Scale of 1:48,000.
Wurman's "Urban Atlas" was the first comparative statistical analysis of 20 American cities, all mapped at the same scale. This is a pioneering work in the history of information graphics. The atlas maps show population density, income levels, land use, and religion, both in space and over time. The overlays of different data are especially compelling and the hand made aspect of the maps feels rich compared to current computer generated visualizations. The atlas offers views of all 20 cities together that remain powerful half a century later.