Which NBA Teams Share the Ball More Evenly?

The 2015 NBA playoffs kicked off this last weekend (in case you didn’t notice your feeds blowing up about it). The Visual News team’s loyalties lie all over the country—from Los Angeles, to Colorado, to New York—but we all like a good game. But while basketball is all about sharing the glory, it isn’t necessarily about sharing the ball. Our good friend (and talented designer) Shane Keaney created this infographic to give us a look at how well each NBA playoff team shares the ball. Does a more even share distribution influence how well the teams perform? We’ll find out this year. 

In Honor of Record Store Day, Here’s a Roundup of Our Favorite Vinyl Art

It’s Record Store Day tomorrow, and we’re big fans of vinyl. (Luckily, we’re not the only ones.) Sales are increasing, and both old and new albums are finding a second life in vinyl form.

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While records make beautiful sounds—sometimes they make even more beautiful art. In honor of tomorrow’s holiday, here’s a roundup of our favorite vinyl-inspired art. 

California’s Worst Drought in History: The Breakdown

The last three years have left California facing a historic drought. This month, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an unprecedented mandate: Californians must reduce water use by 25%—or the state may face dire consequences. What factors are contributing to this drought?

Happy National Beer Day! Here are the States That Drink the Most

If there’s one holiday to remember, it’s National Beer Day. And just so you don’t somehow miss it, here’s a hint: it’s April 7th, and that’s today!

In honor of this celebration of America’s exceptionally well rounded (and growing) brewing tradition, we asked the question: which State would celebrate the best? While we don’t know numbers for this exact day, we tapped into a study by industry trade publisher Beer Marketeers Insights and found the ten states that consume the most beer on an annual basis. Who topped off the list? The Roughrider State, North Dakota, with a per capita beer consumption of 43.3 gallons per year. Do the math and that’s about 77 six-packs per person!

53% of New Yorkers Face Major Disadvantage

New York: If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. Unfortunately, the majority of New Yorkers aren’t making it. Beyond high rents, quality of life for the majority of residents is less-than-ideal.

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The Robin Hood Foundation and the Columbia Population Research Center have partnered to research the larger problems the city population is dealing with. From health struggles to lack of transportation, individuals of all ages are struggling to find quality of life. And, unfortunately, the metrics used to measure poverty by the U.S. government don’t account for many of these hurdles, preventing much-needed public funding.

Why Does Color Stick to Egg Shells? This Is the Science Behind It

Dyeing Easter eggs is a beautiful tradition; it’s also a weird process. Somehow eggs, food coloring, and vinegar create those pretty hues. But why does it work? Why do egg shells take the color? We wanted to find out, so we created this graphic to break it down—clean and simple. Time to head back to science class, kids.

How does easter egg dye work?

Low Income Students are Now a Majority In the Nation’s Public Schools

For the first time in recent history, a majority of the nation’s public school students are from lower income families. That’s the finding of the most recent report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which noted a striking increase over just a few decades. In 1989 for example, less than 32 percent of public school students were low-income. By 2000, the national rate had hit 38 percent. But the most marked rise has been over the last 15 years. Today 51% of public school students are from low-income families.

Here’s What the Perfect Workspace Looks Like

The work you do is greatly affected by the environment you’re in—a concept aggressively examined by architectural theorist Christopher Alexander and others in A​ Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction. No one wants to work in a soul-crushing cubicle farm, yet so many companies completely overlook their own design. Even those of us who are lucky enough to work from home severely underestimate the power of our environment. What do you need to feel comfortable and productive? Here’s what the perfect workspace looks like.

Ferguson: The Numbers Behind The Decision Not to Indict

After the controversial grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, the streets once again filled with outraged protesters – an action echoed across the nation from Oakland to New York. Sparked by the shooting in August, the issue of police brutality has been a hot topic, and the recent decision only underscores questions about racial inequality and a systemic bias.

Looking at the numbers behind who made this decision is eye opening

This Annual Report was Hand Sewn With Love

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.