HistoryShots produces large-scale infographic posters that present beautiful data visualizations of historical concepts; things like the quest to climb Mt. Everest, the history of U.S. political parties or the development of life on Earth (the chart above illustrates the formation of the Confederate Army during the Civil War).

Formed by former early-90s dot-commers Larry Gormley and Bill Younker when they had to decide what to do with all their money, HistoryShots has won several design awards for their work, which includes both original graphics and renditions of historical prints. Makes a great gift for the data-visualization buff in your life (hint, ahem, anyone who’s shopping for me). —John Mahoney