Charity: Water Shows Great Progress in Their Annual Report

Water is the most precious resource in the world. (At Visual News HQ in California, we’re facing a serious drought, so we are more aware of this than ever.) Less than 3% of the world’s water is drinkable, and most of that is in icecaps, deep underground, or trapped in soil. 

#TBT: The First Photos From Space

Space travel has come a long way. From distances traveled to technology used, we are seeing our world—and many others—in detail we never could have imagined. But it all started with the first picture beamed from space. It’s been 69 years since U.S. scientists launched the sub-orbital V-2 rocket (flight #13) in 1946, which captured the first image from space. This bad boy right here: 

A Man is Illustrating All 100k Items in His Late Grandfather’s Tool Shed

Artist Lee John Phillips is in the midst of an impressive undertaking. The resident of Narberth (Arberth), Wales is illustrating every single object in his late grandfather’s toolshed. That amounts to over 100,000 items—every nut, bolt, washer and old hammer. Phillips estimates the project will take about 5 years.

How to Optimize Your Blog for Content Distribution

Good content is great to have, but it doesn’t mean much if no one sees it. You’re putting in all the work; you want all the shares, media pickup, and unique visitors you can get. If you’re running a blog, are you sure it’s optimized for distribution? Even in this modern Web-publishing era, too many blogs are woefully behind the times: broken social counters, no CTAS, the list goes on. To make sure you’re publishing the right way, check out these tips to optimize your blog for content distribution. And if you want more info on getting more eyes on your stuff, download Column Five’s free e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Content Distribution.

8 Tasty Examples of Perfect Cooking Graphics

Whether you use a recipe, or just throw it all together, cooking is a skill obtained over years of practiced effort. It’s not always easy going (…like that time you surprised guests with that risky new souffle) but with the right instructions it will almost always turn out delicious. One of the best tools for learning new cooking techniques or following recipes is a good graphic.

What Are They Cooking? There’s a Breaking Bad Coffee Shop in Turkey

It’s one thing to have a favorite TV series. It’s another to open a business that looks like it. Deniz Kosan loved Breaking Bad so much, he opened ‘Walter’s Coffee Roastery’ in Istanbul, Turkey. Let’s see what he’s cooking up.

The Rape Statistics You Need to Know

In the wake of the Bill Cosby scandal, New York Magazine has created what may now be considered one of the most powerful magazine covers of all time. As noted in the article, the stories of rape have stirred serious discussion, thanks in large part to social media.

Reinventing a Classic: Converse Just Unveiled Its First All-Star Redesign Since the 1930s

When it comes to shoe fashion, it doesn’t get more iconic than the Chuck Taylor All Star. Now, for the first time since the 1930s, Converse has redesigned its ubiquitous canvas basketball shoe, bringing it a touch of today’s footwear technology while hoping to continue its celebrated place in popular arts and music culture. The new shoe, available in high top or low top, is called the Chuck Taylor All Star II.

This Artist Rented Two Digital Billboards, Then Made Them Look Like They Weren’t There

Over the past month two digital billboards along Massachusetts’ interstate freeways have been blending into their surroundings. During the day, the large electronic screens show images of the lush woodland forest that surrounds them. By night, they light up with high definition images of the moon and magnificent starscapes. If it wasn’t for the recognizable rectangular billboard frame, you could almost miss them.

#BrandCrush: Nutella Nails Their Social Presence

Nutella needs no introduction. We all love it, whether it’s good for us or not. You’d think a brand with so much appeal wouldn’t need to do much to keep our love, but like all things Nutella, they’re not good with sharing a little taste. They want to give us the whole jar. On social, that’s just what they’re doing. From Instagram, to Twitter, to Facebook, Nutella takes every chance they can to spread the joy of their product. With over 29 million social fans, they must be doing something right. Here’s why we love them.