A Q&A Conversation with the Creator of Metrico, The Infographic-Inspired Video Game

Infographics are more than mainstream; they’re moving into the immersive entertainment world. The new video game Metrico (great name, even better tagline: A Game About Infographics and Free Will), was inspired by—of all things—infographics.

Mirroring the minimalist infographic design aesthetic and gamifying users’ data input, Metrico combines all our favorite things: design, data, and interactivity.

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.”

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.

4 Smart Ways to Fold a T-Shirt

Laundry Day is a bummer—unless you’re a shirt-folding ninja. Want to make life easier? Check out these 4 badass shirt folds. Whether you need to pack light, fold for display, or fold in record time, these easy hacks will make laundry less of a pain. Our fave? The Army Ranger roll.

Propaganda Posters for Pyramid Schemes

You’d think the days of door-to-door knife salesmen and calling card pyramid schemes were over—but they’re only getting updated. Bulk protein? Cooking utensils? Somehow you still have an old roommate or third cousin trying to loop you into these ridiculous schemes with the promise to get rich quick. Inspired by these, we decided to have a little fun. Check out our propaganda posters for pyramid schemes. And while we have you here, can we interest you in a timeshare in Florida?

A Visualization of Every Drug Hunter S. Thompson Took in a 24-Hour Period

Hunter S. Thompson was a great writer. (Check out our 5 Reasons to Read Hunter S. Thompson to find out why). Unfortunately, he is known more for his excessive drug use and lifestyle. What did that really entail, though? The 1993 biography Hunter: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson by E. Jean Carroll contains a detailed listing of drugs consumed by Thompson in a 24-hour period that is, well, exhausting: 

How NFL Teams Spend Their Draft Picks

Experts are predicting that quarterbacks will be the top two picks in tonight’s NFL Draft, with Florida State’s Jameis Winston going No. 1 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Tennessee Titans taking Oregon’s Marcus Mariota at No. 2.

Draft Day talk is all about priorities and how teams choose to tackle those. Here’s a look at what positions teams have emphasized in the first round from 2000-2014. Of course, this doesn’t take into account trades and existing rosters, but it gives us a good idea of where teams are focused and where they should be focused. We’re looking at you, Jacksonville.