David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
13. Jobs in education industry. pt. 1.
Kyodo Print Co. Ltd.
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Map showing Local businesses, educational institutions. Includes color coded key and descriptive text.
(Jobs in education industry). (to accompany) 東京市勢圖表 = Tōkyo Shisei Zuhyo = Graphic Illustration of Tokyo City. 東京市, Tokyo shi, Showa 10 (1935).
東京市勢圖表 = Tōkyo Shisei Zuhyo = Graphic Illustration of Tokyo City. 東京市, Tokyo shi, Showa 10 (1935).
Tufte, Envisioning Information, p. 106.
Comprised of 44 pages of color maps, descriptive text, vignettes, statistical graphs, and diagrams, depicting in full detail the water system, administrative divisions, roads, railroads, subways, agriculture, industry, energy, population, economic development, police and fire departments of metropolitan Tokyo. Bound in navy blind-patterned cloth, in the original cardboard slipcase, with label pasted on the front. Maps created using isotype technique. “A classic in the development of the isotype technique in depicting information via coloured illustration or pictograms. The isotype (International System of Typographic Picture Education) was developed in Vienna between 1925 and 1934, which made its way to Japan quickly. It makes perfect sense from a language perspective that Japanese publishers, wishing for a broader audience, would adopt the new scientific isotype as a method of information transfer. The essence of isotype publications is the “transformation” of complex information into self explanatory visual charts or diagrams. Ohashi’s Tokyo Shisei Zuhyo communicates the social, economic, technological, architectural, and political elements of the city of Tokyo before the Second World War via brightly coloured isotypes. This “visual education” takes exciting form in varying mis-en-page, showing coloured charts of Tokyo’s water system, population growth, subway and train systems, architecture, esp. factory construction, living standards, occupations, etc. Regardless of the textual content, the book survives as a spectacular tour-de-force of book design and of colour printing.” (Ursus Books, 2020).
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