How Does the World Search For ‘Global Warming’? Google Created a Visualization to Show It

Google recently released a beautiful interactive visualization that explores search volumes for phrases related to climate change. Curious to see how “global warming,” “energy” or “oceans” are trending around the world? Google put those and other popular searches on the map, highlighting recent searches and data from 20 cities around the globe.

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!!!

Crossovers: NPR Is Taking Video by Storm

Multimedia, a buzzword about a decade ago, is now the norm. Once a pleasant surprise to see video on the same page as text or a comment forum after a piece of content, the idea of multimedia has evolved from something exciting to something expected. We consider a website substandard if we can’t interact with it and other users on that site.

Why Hip-Hop Makes for Great Visual Content

There are plenty of fascinating things in this world that make great visual content, and we see the same areas being explored over and over: science, health, business, tech. But there is one area of interest that seems to be continually mined for inspiration: hip-hop. From fascinating data visualizations to unique interactives to videos, this particular corner of pop culture shows up in our feeds a lot. 

#TBT: 10 Vintage Ads Featuring Creepy Kids

We like a good #TBT because vintage visual content provides plenty of inspiration. From classic ads to historic data visualization, plenty of things from the past still hold up. But some things should definitely be forgotten by history. While perusing the plethora of vintage ads on the Internet, we noticed a surprising trend: a lot of vintage ads geared toward kids have a creep factor turned up to 11. Whether it’s the inappropriate products being sold or the Children of the Corn vibe in the way they’re depicted, it’s a little unnerving. Here are a few of our faves. 

Data Visualization 101: Heatmaps

For quickly visualizing variables across a region of the world, there are few better tools than the heat map.

What It Is

A heat map (or choropleth map) is a thematic map in which the area inside recognized boundaries—such as states, counties, or territories—is shaded in proportion to the data being represented. They can be used to represent population density, diversity, average temperatures, per-capita income, social views, and many other geographically important measurements.

FEMA’s New Data Viz Tool Helps Communities Understand the Risk and Impact of Disasters

FEMA just launched a new data visualization tool aimed at help communities better understand the risk and impact of disasters. The tool charts historical disaster declaration data reaching back to 1953, giving a clear, county-specific picture of the type of disasters that have struck and how much FEMA spent on assistance. With this knowledge, communities can be better prepared for the unexpected and put their focus where it matters most.

Why Good Designs Starts in a Word Processor

Scope creep is something that plagues many industries, but creative work takes the cake for being the most ambiguous when it comes to expectations. In the design phase, client feedback (you know, words like “clean” or “modern” and phrases like “make it pop more” or “that is not at all what I explained to you”) can turn a great contract into a money pit for your firm. Managing expectations is tough when you start in the wrong place.

360 Music Videos Are Here: Google Tech Puts You in Control

What if while watching a video you could look anywhere you wanted? We’ve all imagined it… and now that dream is here. Google recently introduced 360° video playback. Just move your phone around (or use arrows on your browser) and you’ll get a virtual reality panoramic view of the filmed world. It’s super trippy and we think it’s going to be a big deal.

Ira Glass Gives You All the Motivation You Need to Be Creative

The creative struggle is, in a word, miserable—especially when you’re first starting out. It doesn’t matter if you’re entering a new field or just trying to master a new skill; the urge to create, to try something new, is too easily overshadowed by fear of failure. Although you know you have talent, you’re too afraid that what you make will suck. Next time you find yourself struggling with feeling stuck and frustrated by what you’re creating, take a look at this video. (And bookmark it while you’re at it.)