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Data Visualization 101: Pie Charts

Friday 11.07.2014 , Posted by
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In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Pie charts are one of the oldest and most popular ways to visualize data. This classic chart is the perfect example of the power of data visualization: a simple, easy-to-understand presentation that helps readers instantly identify the parts of a whole. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about the pie chart. [Read more…]

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This Annual Report was Hand Sewn With Love

Tuesday 11.04.2014 , Posted by
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Unless you’re obsessed with tables of numbers, most annual reports are about as thrilling as… well, tables and numbers. Add some well honed creativity however, and they can be seriously compelling. Take this example from the women empowering crew at Krochet Kids. In this case, the report’s art and even data visualizations are very appropriately hand sewn with thread – and it’s beautiful. [Read more…]

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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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