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The Evolution of 4 Iconic Logo Designs

Tuesday 08.26.2014 , Posted by
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A strong visual language is the best way to establish brand recognition among your audience, and your logo is the foundation of that visual identity. A well-designed logo complements a brand, oftentimes taking on a life of its own and effectively settling into the cultural consciousness. Not only that, the best logos serve as both a template and a guide as a brand evolves.

Some of the world’s most iconic logos have been refined—though never redesigned—because their design was such an accurate reflection of the brand. Here are 4 classic logos that have been successfully updated for the modern era yet pay homage to their original good design. [Read more...]

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11 Design Tips for Beautiful Presentations

Wednesday 08.20.2014 , Posted by
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Presentations often receive a bad rap — for good reason. We’ve all sat through those long-winded speeches and hot mess PowerPoints, which completely undermine the point of visual presentations.

So, what differentiates a good presentation from a poor one? Content and design. While your speech may be perfect, the images you show can greatly add or detract from your message. Whether you’re using PowerPoint, Keynote or good old PDFs, these 11 tips will help you create well-designed presentation slides that effectively get your point across. [Read more...]

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Where Were People in Each State Born?

Monday 08.18.2014 , Posted by
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The New York Times has released a fascinating series of interactive graphics detailing where people in each US state were born. The extensive collection of 50 charts document domestic migration since 1900, based on census data. (That’s California’s data above)

Using color-coded ribbons for each region, including native residents at the top and foreign-born residents at the bottom, the graphics reveal telling trends over the last century, especially for those familiar with each state. [Read more...]

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Column Five Illustrates 5 Design Quotes that Inspire Creativity

Thursday 08.14.2014 , Posted by
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We all need a little creative inspiration from time to time. Here are some of Column Five’s favorite design quotes – simple yet profound truths to think about every time we create. [Read more...]

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Infinity Boxes Are Going On Tour and We Need Your Help!

Thursday 07.31.2014 , Posted by
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Earlier this year, we introduced you to one of our favorite installations on Earth, Matt Elson’s incredible infinity boxes, which we first discovered at Burning Man. The socially interactive mirror boxes require 2 participants to activate their magic so they are a great way to turn strangers into friends. Videos can’t do justice for the live experience of an infinity box, but you can get an idea in the link above or the video below. Now Elson and his crew have been invited to take their Infinity Boxes beyond The Playa in Black Rock City, Nevada and other festivals in California so that more people can enjoy them, but he needs your help! [Read more...]

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Neil Degrasse Tyson and 48 Other Emojis We Wish We Had

Thursday 07.17.2014 , Posted by
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Words don’t always do a conversation justice – especially when that convo is text based. You’re there texting your bestie and an overwhelming sense of glee sweeps over you. What to do? Say it with an emoji of course.

With the announcement of Unicode 7.0 and 250 new emojis in the works (what would we do without “Man in Business Suit Levitating”) Microsoft has imagined what the new update missed – adding 49 more emojis you seriously wish you had. [Read more...]

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This Interactive Visualizes Every Important Supreme Court Ruling Since 1946

Tuesday 07.08.2014 , Posted by
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Last week’s controversial Hobby Lobby ruling sparking heated debate across the web. The furor over the decision inspired visual agency Column Five to visualize The Supreme Court Database in one easy to navigate interactive that tracks Supreme Court rulings from 1946 to present times.

Everything from segregation to life insurance benefits for adoptive siblings, it’s all there at the hover of your mouse. The interactive timeline feature allows you to quickly flip through rulings that have long been forgotten or taken for granted. Accompanying the timeline is a rich amount of information on each case just a click away, including whether the Court leaned more conservative or liberal during its particular time of operation:

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Mapping the Surface Area of Other Solid Surfaces in Our Solar System

Wednesday 07.02.2014 , Posted by
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You’re probably familiar with visualizations comparing the relative size of the planets, but this visualization is different. xkcd has created a map-like look at the solid surfaces of the Solar System, stitched together like countries on a single continent. The graphic includes planets, moons, asteroids and dwarf planets, but leaves out dust, small rocks and large gaseous planets like Jupiter and Saturn. It’s a revealing look at the size of our neighbors. [Read more...]

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The Charted Connections of Rock- A Visual Web of 715 Artists & Their Connections

Wednesday 06.11.2014 , Posted by
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If your Dad is tired of getting power tools for Father’s Day, shake things up with this colorful music trivia gem. Any music lover would appreciate learning the degrees of separation across their favorite artists, and Pop Chart Lab makes the information as cool looking as it is fascinating. The Charted Connections of Rock Chart uses color coding to denote which instrument each musician played for each band. The chart measures 39″ x 39″ with several printing options to choose from. You’ll also love to know that they are printed on recycled stock. [Read more...]

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What Does Your Life Look Like in Weeks?

Thursday 05.29.2014 , Posted by
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Depending on where you are in life, these graphics will either be highly motivating or panic inducing.

We all know our life has a limited number of years, and if we’re optimistic that might be 90. You’d think with such a small number like 90 we’d be more willing to make the most of each year, but most of us are pretty short sighted, letting each small day pass without any more motivation than getting to those two glorious days we call the weekend. Maybe there’s a better way to visualize this…

Tim Urban over at the hilariously thought provoking Wait But Why is helping us see our life broken down into its segments of time. Where does your life fit in? [Read more...]

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