Arntz was a German modernist artist and was known for his black and white woodcuts. Starting 1926, Otto Neurath contacted Arntz to collaborate in designing pictograms for Isotype. Since the beginning of 1929, Arntz worked at the same museum directed by Neurath. Throughout his career, Arntz designed around 4000 pictograms. Arntz and Neurath created a large collection of visual statistics and their system is now called infographics.
With his stylized locomotives, Arntz depicts not only the growth of railways over several decades, but also the modernization of its rolling stock. Title: The development of railways Publication: Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft Editor: Otto Neurath Art director: Gerd Arntz Year: 1930, Leipzig
The steering wheels of Arntz’s symbolized cars are on the right, and not on the left, as would be the case for the USA at least. In a large part of Austria, including Vienna, traffic was driving left at the time. After the Nazis took over Austria in 1938, this changed. Title: Car ownership in the world Publication: Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft Editor: Otto Neurath Art director: Gerd Arntz Year: 1930, Leipzig