Groove Glider: Column Five Spent Hack Day Making a Video Game

Every few months Column Five shuts down for an office-wide Hack Day. It’s a great time to brainstorm new ideas, mix up the daily grind and experiment with new creative work. Now, they’re proud to share one of the projects hatched up at their last Hack Day. Introducing C5’s very first video game, Groove Glider. It’s a side-scrolling space-shooter that’s part game, part mixtape (so you’ll definitely want your speakers on for this).

Our Most Interesting Charts of the Week

It’s been a big week. From Pluto photos to the Suicide Squad trailer, there was a lot to be excited about. And, naturally, we came across a few data sets that we thought were particularly interesting. In this QuickViz roundup, we share our favorite data sets, visualized just for you. It’s a little news and a little fun in a few charts. Enjoy. 

Learn the Neuroscience Behind Native Ads

As publishing evolves and audiences interact with online content in different ways, advertisers are trying to figure out how to best reach them. There are plenty of options—banner, display, native ads—but what works best? Neuroscientists are delving into the debate, looking at research into how our brains process visuals and drive actions.

This Marketing Gibberish Generator Creates Buzzword Lorem Ipsum

Every industry has its buzzwords, but marketing is particularly notorious: synergy, scalability, wheelhouse. Thanks to these cringeworthy phrases, a meeting or email thread can quickly turn into what sounds like a meeting of marketing bots. And it seems that the vocab is only growing. With each new social platform or tech innovation comes a steady stream of buzzwords that we love to hate (or hate to love?). To poke fun at these crazy words, Column Five created the marketing gibberish generator, which spits out marketing buzzword lorem ipsum. 

5 Charts That Every Creative Can Relate to

Whether you’re a designer or copywriter, director or photographer, it’s cool to say what you do at a cocktail party. But the reality of creative professions is a little less glamorous. Long hours, frustration, and endless wrestling with your creative muses (or clients) is the daily existence. For anyone who knows how real the struggle is, here’s a little chart-based humor to keep you moving. Stay strong out there.

Exploring the Fear of Failure and Creative Success

If there’s one thing that is kryptonite to creativity, it’s fear of failure. Every working creative knows this struggle and how it can affect the work you do. To explore this theme, Visual News’ parent company Column Five partnered with the Laguna College of Arts + Design (LCAD) to create a data visualization exhibit, “Fear of Failure and Creative Success.”

How to Play Party Games from Around the World

Summer’s coming. That means it’s prime season for BBQs, campouts, pool parties, and other festivities, whether family-friendly or otherwise. Regardless, any time you gather a group, you’ll want to keep each other entertained (especially if you’re on hosting duty). With that in mind, we researched the different types of games played around the world to get a little inspiration for your next party. From crazy drinking sports to simple games to play with kids, here are a few activities to try.

New Research Shows Fewer Americans Identify as Christian

According to a recent Pew Research survey of 35,000 people age 18 and older, Americans’ religious affiliations are notably shifting. While America is still home to more Christians than any other country, fewer people say they are Christian than they did 7 years ago. The survey also notes changes in ethnic diversity among Christians: 

How Much Did the Department of the Defense Pay the NFL to Salute the Troops?

New government documents obtained by NJ.com reveal what some taxpayers may consider disturbing spending by the Department of Defense. A total of $5.4 million in taxpayer money was paid to the NFL between 2011 and 2014 for various salutes to the troops and other advertising during games. As viewers believed these salutes to be genuine acknowledgments for time served—not paid advertising as a recruiting tool—many are upset that taxpayer money was used to mislead viewers. The Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million to salute the troops. So, how much did they pay?

What Are Your Fingernails Telling You?

Your fingernails can tell you a lot about your health. From vitamin deficiencies to potentially life-threatening conditions, the signs may be in your hands—literally. Take a look at these common nail symptoms, and contact your medical provider if you see something that might be cause for concern.