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“Let’s Put Pumpkin in Everything!” The Numbers Behind The Pumpkin Foods We Love and Hate

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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The saying might not be “as American as ‘pumpkin pie’ ,” but it might as well be. With autumn comes the wafting scent of the famous desert, along with a growing cornucopia of pumpkin based creations, from sweet treats to alcoholic drinks. Not everything is making our mouths water, however. Microsoft Social Listening went to work, finding out what people loved and loathed, and what was getting discussed the most online this season. The numbers Microsoft uncovered are more than a little surprising. [Read more...]

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Fascinating: This Animated GIF Shows 3 Different Ways To Breathe

Friday 10.24.2014 , Posted by
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Hey there, Air Breathing Mammal. Think you get oxygen just like the other creatures around? Not even close. Eleanor Lutz is at it again, continuing her series of designerly graphics that teach us fascinating science. This installment features a GIF animation of how three different animals breathe: humans, birds, and grasshoppers. For something as simple as “suck air in, blow air out”, this graphic shows a striking diversity of what happens to that breath once it’s inside the body.

Now you’ll know why birds are active on mountain peaks where you won’t find any mammals. [Read more...]

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Rob Dyrdek: The Ridiculous Numbers Behind His Success

Tuesday 10.21.2014 , Posted by
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Skateboarder. Celebrity. Entrepreneur. There are few people more driven and daring than Rob Dyrdek. He hit the ground rolling and turned pro at 16 years old, then started his first company, Orion Trucks, at 19. He hasn’t slowed up since and the numbers in this graphic show it. [Read more...]

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How Much Space Do Cars Take? Cyclists Demonstrate How Bicycles Fight Congestion

Saturday 10.11.2014 , Posted by
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People that commute by car spend an inordinate amount of time staring at taillights. There’s no way they’re getting around that traffic in front of them. But what about bike commuters? This group of Latvian cyclists recently created a powerful demonstration of the large footprint created by cars that carry just one occupant. [Read more...]

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Video Shows How the Desk Changed in 30 Years (and What Apps Replaced Each Tool)

Friday 10.03.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve gone from fax machines and a rolodex, to PDFs and Facebook in a few short years. It wasn’t long ago when desks were completely covered with the tools needed to get work done. A stapler, paper clips, a phone book, and a whole lot more needed to fit in that space. In contrast, today’s desk is one that largely features a few choice items: a laptop, a smart phone and a big cup of coffee. This clever video from the Harvard Innovation Lab explores that desktop evolution from the early ‘80s through today, visualizing each tool as it is recontextualized into the app-based equivalent we use now. [Read more...]

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These are the Patterns Wings Trace in Flight

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Although many animals take flight, they don’t do it in exactly the same way. That’s what Eleanor Lutz’ exceptional animated infographic shows us. She’s taken the flight patterns of 5 different species – egyptian fruit bat, dragonfly, Canada goose, hawk moth and hummingbird – and used Youtube videos to give us a look at how their wings move. [Read more...]

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Jennifers and Michaels: Two Maps Reveal the Most Popular Girls and Boys Names Over 6 Decades

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever been in a class surrounded by people with the same name, they were probably on this map. Jezabel put together two utterly fascinating GIFs tracking the most popular boys and girls names over the last six decades – and it’s an epic battle of popularity. [Read more...]

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How Scotland Voted, Council by Council

Friday 09.19.2014 , Posted by
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It’s official, the Scottish have chosen to stay with the United Kingdom after the historic vote on September 18th. Just how close was the decision? A margin of 55% voted to stay with the UK, while 45% voted for Scottish independence, with a large 85% of voters turning out. It was a decisive victory for those wanting to retain the connection to England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and as this map from The Economist details, most of Scotland’s 32 councils supported the No vote. [Read more...]

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How Common is Your Birthday? Graphing Birth Patterns in the USA

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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Just how common is your birthday? Do you share your cake-day with 5 friends and a co-worker every year? Or, did you have the hospital to yourself the day you were born? Redditor UCanDoEat recently put together an excellent series of data visualizations detailing birthday patterns in the US… and they reveal some striking trends on when (and perhaps why) our society gives birth. [Read more...]

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5 Annual Reports that Absolutely Nail It

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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Just the thought of reading a company’s annual report is enough to make most eyes go blurry, but it doesn’t have to be so.

If designed well and presented in the right format, annual reports are an exceptional way to present company milestones from the previous year, as well as highlight company culture—without boring readers to death.

The best annual reports even do the seemingly impossible: engage investors and win loyal fans. And as more emphasis is placed on creative presentation, it’s fast becoming the latest format to benefit from good design. Here are 5 brands that nailed their annual reports. [Read more...]

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