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.

Charts of the Week: Amy Schumer’s Box Office, Donald Trump, and More

Each week’s news cycle brings us great stories and great data for us to visualize. From Amy Schumer’s box-office win with Trainwreck to the amount Americans will spend on their pets this year, this week didn’t disappoint. Here’s a roundup of our QuickViz charts of the week.

5 Books to Help You Break Out of Your Creative Envelope

Universal Principles of Design
125 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach through Design

by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden and Jill Butler

Universal Principals of Design

If one book exists that can help you step out of a design rut, this is it. Now, when I refer to design, I mean real design from start to finish, not just producing a piece of work based on a spec. The book is essentially a textbook, but it does a great job of getting you back to the fundamentals. So, instead of obsessing over why your color swatch is not working, you think bigger picture about why your overall approach is not working. Anyone who has gone to school for anything from graphic design to interface design has probably already learned most of the concepts in this book, but it is a great way to get yourself back to basics if you haven’t been in class for a while.

Our Most Interesting Charts of the Week

It’s been a big week. From Pluto photos to the Suicide Squad trailer, there was a lot to be excited about. And, naturally, we came across a few data sets that we thought were particularly interesting. In this QuickViz roundup, we share our favorite data sets, visualized just for you. It’s a little news and a little fun in a few charts. Enjoy. 

Think Sharks are Scary? They Should Feel The Same Way About Us.

In honor of Shark Awareness Day we bring you this graphic, presented in a simple way, but with a very powerful point.

Have a little scroll

A Timeline of Underground Queer Cinema

The history of cinema is filled with life stories, but few that depict the LGBT community. In its century long existence, main stream cinema has typically shied away from the subject, deeming it too controversial or unpopular – but there were films being made. Fandor pulled together 50 films, both underground and mainstream, which paved the way for greater expression in queer cinema.

Portland Police Show How Much Weed is Legal, Compared to a Doughnut!

You don’t find too many police departments creating cute little visualizations… but Portland Police Bureau did just that. As of June 1st, Oregon’s Measure 91 allows adults 21 and older to posses up to one ounce of marijuana outside the home, eight ounces in the house, and four pot plants. For those who don’t want to carry a scale around with them, PPB created this visualization comparing the legal limits for weed… to a doughnut!!!

A Q&A Conversation with the Creator of Metrico, The Infographic-Inspired Video Game

Infographics are more than mainstream; they’re moving into the immersive entertainment world. The new video game Metrico (great name, even better tagline: A Game About Infographics and Free Will), was inspired by—of all things—infographics.

Mirroring the minimalist infographic design aesthetic and gamifying users’ data input, Metrico combines all our favorite things: design, data, and interactivity.

5 Charts That Every Creative Can Relate to

Whether you’re a designer or copywriter, director or photographer, it’s cool to say what you do at a cocktail party. But the reality of creative professions is a little less glamorous. Long hours, frustration, and endless wrestling with your creative muses (or clients) is the daily existence. For anyone who knows how real the struggle is, here’s a little chart-based humor to keep you moving. Stay strong out there.

Exploring the Fear of Failure and Creative Success

If there’s one thing that is kryptonite to creativity, it’s fear of failure. Every working creative knows this struggle and how it can affect the work you do. To explore this theme, Visual News’ parent company Column Five partnered with the Laguna College of Arts + Design (LCAD) to create a data visualization exhibit, “Fear of Failure and Creative Success.”