Data + Design Project

Grow Your Own: A UK Guide to Yearly Planting & Harvest

Friday 12.28.2012 , Posted by

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It’s that time of year again, the time when you pull out your collection of seeds and plan this years magnificent vegetable garden. For some of us, the selection of this tasty cornucopia is a near obsession (we made our own handy California based graphic). This wonderfully designed poster from UK based print shop Bold and Noble could help you plan your year from sewing to harvest. [Read more...]

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Little Correlation Between Gaming & Gun Violence?

Saturday 12.22.2012 , Posted by

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With the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, people in their shock are inevitably asking: “why?” Why did such a horrible event happen? What triggered a young boy to cause such harm to other children? Invariably the fingers begin to point towards, among other things: access to guns, mental illness, family troubles, isolation and, inevitably, playing violent video games. This last potential culprit has become a standard for those looking to find answers on why these awful events continue to happen, mainly in the US. The Washington Post recently produced a series of graphics, however, that cast serious doubt on the connection between playing video games and gun murders. [Read more...]

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Taking The Subway From New York to Chicago

Saturday 12.22.2012 , Posted by

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Heading home for the holidays? Maybe your folks live back in Brooklyn, or maybe they live out in the sticks. Just how far and where could you get if the NYC subway lines were laid end-to-end in one direction? [Read more...]

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How Far Away are Our Nearest Stars?

Thursday 12.20.2012 , Posted by

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With the recent announcement that their may be a habitable planet just 12 light-years away from Earth, the question keeps getting asked – just how far are the closest solar systems to our own planet? This graphic created by Space.com shows that – the closest stars and their accompanying solar systems – giving us a better perspective of what’s out there in the neighborhood for us to explore. [Read more...]

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Visualizing The Chemistry of Snowflakes

Thursday 12.20.2012 , Posted by

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It’s the end of a natural process that many of us see millions of times every year – the creation of tiny snowflakes which together build the white wonderland of winter snow. But, just how many of us have really looked into what happens behind that process? How exactly does a snowflake form? [Read more...]

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Visualizing the Intertwined Categories on Reddit

Wednesday 12.19.2012 , Posted by

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The continuously growing community of Reddit, with over 3 billion page views per month, has something for everyone. But how exactly does one subreddit link to the next? In this amazing interactive visualization by Andrei Kashcha each dot represents a subreddit and each link reveals a references to other subreddits in that category’s about section. The visualization shows the magnitude of what a gigantic web the site has become and can also help you navigate the overwhelming network to find the categories right for you. [Read more...]

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The Aatsinki Season- A Visual, Interactive, Debate

Monday 12.17.2012 , Posted by

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To accompany the documentary, Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys, Myriapod Productions and Murmur have created an amazing, interactive, visual debate that invites users to answer the question, “What is man’s place in nature? The film follows the Aatsinki family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland, near the Arctic circle, showcasing their intricate bond with nature. The reindeer that they lead are the last group of wild reindeer in all of Finland. [Read more...]

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One Hot Year: Visualizing US Fires in 2012

Thursday 12.13.2012 , Posted by

By just about any standard, 2012 was a massive year for U.S. wildfires. According to data from both the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and NASA, over 9.1 million acres burned this year… and that was only tracking until November 30th. That figure places 2012 as the 3rd most wildfire filled year since 1960, and with the total number of fires being 55,505 – a relatively low number – the year holds the current record for the largest average fire size. [Read more...]

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A Fun Interactive Advent Calendar for Santa Believers

Wednesday 12.12.2012 , Posted by

I’ll never forget the year I “ruined Christmas.” I was in fifth grade and already knew for quite some time the secret about Santa, but continued to pretend because I thought I would get more presents that way. My family and I were at my grandma’s house and I opened the Nickelodeon Moonshoes I’d been asking for. My mom told me I could not use them in the house, but I proceeded to put them on and ended up jumping on my grandma’s foot that had just been operated on. Three generations of tears were shed and my mom told me, “You know what Jessica, there’s no such thing as Santa Claus- it’s me and your dad!” I cried in reply, “Does that mean there’s no Easter Bunny either?” But thinking back on that time in my life when I was hearing things at school about Santa being a phony, but still wanted to believe, I wondered how hard it must be to keep the secret alive when kids have regular internet access. So I did a google search: “Is Santa real?” to see what they might find and came across this awesome interactive advent calendar. [Read more...]

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Holiday Travel: Which Airports are the Most Reliable?

Tuesday 12.11.2012 , Posted by

Traveling during the holidays is a necessary evil for many of us. Some are lucky enough to have family live in the same city —or a neighboring one — and their travel times are basically nonexistent. Then, there are the unfortunate bunch who had to nail down their air travel plans months ago to make sure they’d arrive home in time for the holidays. Air travel is always stressful during the winter holidays, but nothing incites frustration and rage more than a delayed or cancelled flight. [Read more...]

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