Data + Design Project

What Does Time Mean to Small Business Owners?

Tuesday 08.14.2012 , Posted by

Many of us are juggling multiple roles in our daily lives, whether it’s family or work related, we all wear many hats. For some, it’s just a fedora or baseball cap; for others, it’s an amalgamation of bowlers, fedoras, beanies, berets, buckets, newsboys and baseball caps. When starting a small business, there aren’t always reserves in the budget to hire someone for each separate task, and the owner — or co-founders — have to take an active role in areas which may not be their specialty. All of these different tasks are a suck on time – and time is a precious commodity. [Read more...]

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Deceitful Aisles: Navigating Grocery Spending Traps

Monday 08.13.2012 , Posted by

How you ever wondered about the supermarket… you know, really wondered why it’s set up the way that it is? Why are some things placed where they are? All around us are marketing ploys (10 for $10), coupons, music selection, and sample stations. There are some super obvious tactics being used by supermarkets to trick us into shopping the way they want us to, hopefully so we’ll spend more money. There are also some secret design maneuvers being used in order to perfectly manipulate us into their superfluous spending ways. [Read more...]

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KT Tape Brightens the London Olympics

Thursday 08.09.2012 , Posted by

Besides a ridiculous amount of neon on shoes, shorts, tops and jackets adorning the sinewy bodies of the world’s top athletes this year at the 2012 London Olympics, there’s also brightly colored tape decorating their bodies. It’s KT Tape, and it’s used to prevent injuries, and help the body recover from a hard day out on the training grounds or in the competition arenas. It’s applied to the lengths of their dense, rugged muscles to help aid aching joints, shin splints and tennis elbows. Olympic athletes from track and field stars, to soccer players and water polo swimmers have all been known to use it. [Read more...]

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Pop-Up Restaurants: They’re Here to Stay

Wednesday 08.08.2012 , Posted by

People are aware that the restaurant industry is massive — to the tune of $372 billion a year — but, what they may not be aware of is that a quarter of these restaurants fail within the first year, and 60% fail by their third year. This rate of failure has driven some cutting edge chefs and restaurant financiers to seek out new investment opportunities.  The pop-up restaurant trend was inspired by supper clubs, and first started in London in the mid-2000s as “happenings”. A cheaper investment upfront coupled with the opportunity for constant reinvention and chance-taking make pop-up restaurants ideal for restaurant financiers and chefs looking for a new investment. [Read more...]

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How to Destroy Your Productivity at Work

Saturday 08.04.2012 , Posted by

The thing about destroying productivity is that you barely have to try to make it happen. Our world has become inundated with ways to thwart productivity, and many of these faults lie in bed with your everyday work habits. One of the most surprising things to be found from this infographic is that a study from The British Institute of Psychiatry showed that checking your email while performing another creative task decreases your IQ in the moment by 10 points – which is the equivalent of not sleeping for 36 hours. When you think about it, how often does this happen in your everyday life? Even reading this article right now, you’re probably doing a combination of these productivity destroyers that could hinder you from even reaching the end of this sentence. [Read more...]

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Top-Level Domain Names and the Future of the Internet

Saturday 07.28.2012 , Posted by

The future of the Internet lies in the realm of expansion. Just like computers have been, the Internet has been evolving for decades. Years ago, computers took up the entire floors of buildings, and now they occupy our front pocket with more processing power than those ancient dinosaurs. The Internet is becoming a far more sophisticated place as well. With so many different types of websites and businesses out there, the need to expand top-level domain names has finally come upon us. [Read more...]

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Mike Giant: Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder

Thursday 07.26.2012 , Posted by

San Francisco based artist Mike Giant has been a fixture in the graffiti, skateboarding, tattoo and illustration scene for years. This past Friday, July 20th, he had his first solo show at the FFDG Gallery entitled “Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder.” The show featured a wide assemblage of recent drawings and a rare opportunity to view the personal collection of skateboards he’s illustrated over the years. Black ink is his specialty, and his signature style inspired by Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration is unmistakeable. When you’ve seen a Mike Giant piece for the first time, you’ll be able to spot his artwork from across a crowded room. [Read more...]

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How Your Favorite Sites Are Using Your Data

Tuesday 07.24.2012 , Posted by

The rise of social sharing sites has brought about an interesting change in how our data is being used. All of the different sites you frequent on a daily basis are actively gathering facts about you. You may have noticed that when you were searching for a perfect new summer tank top on Urban Outfitters, that when you left to check other websites those same tank tops started following you in ads on those new sites. Social networks are betting on a future built on a personalized web, an Internet paradise filled with items the virtual you will be more apt to share, pin, tweet, or “like.” [Read more...]

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The Race For Gold

Saturday 07.21.2012 , Posted by

The 2012 London Olympics are just 7 days away, and Olympians from around the world are gearing up for the competition. Athletes are completing their final warm-ups, settling into their new living quarters, and eagerly awaiting the massive crowds to fill all the different venues of the Olympic Park. Some of them have accomplished Olympic glory before, while others have spent their entire lives training for this once in a lifetime opportunity. While athletes in various events all have earning potential, there are certain events that garner the most lucrative pay-outs.  [Read more...]

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The Mythology of Mobile Payments

Thursday 07.19.2012 , Posted by

Myths can affect the way people go about their daily lives. Not only can it keep them from enjoying leisure activities like swimming after eating, drinking water out of plastic bottles, and believing their wishes will come true when made at 11:11; it can also have an effect on them adopting new forms of technology. These myths about technology are keeping Americans from making the jump to mobile payments — even though nearly half of them are smartphone users. [Read more...]

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