What would the Statistical Atlas of the United States (first published in 1874) look like with current data? Nathan Yau (Flowing Data) has created a project doing just that, using the programming language, R. “Reviving the Statistical Atlas of the United States with New Data”
I used similar styling, and had one main rule for myself. All the data had to be publicly available and come from government sites.
Yau’s visualizations maintain the look of the original Statistical Atlas while drawing on much larger and more detailed datasets, which are all helpfully linked in the post.