Here’s the Current Status of Gay Marriage in the U.S.

This morning we celebrate the historic Supreme Court decision declaring gay marriage constitutional.

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Public opinion has been shifting in favor for a while now, and that seems evident in the ruling. 

TBT: Beautiful Victorian Data Visualizations

We love it when we come across great visual content from back in the day—it’s inspiring to see creativity evolve over centuries. While it may seem like infographics and data visualization are new trends triggered by the advent of technology, information design has been around for millennia. Take a look these great Victorian-era visualizations, compiled by BibliOdyssey, created between 1830 and 1890. 

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.

Warning: Your Mood Might Affect Your Ability to Interpret Data

Ever notice that when you’re in a bad mood, you tend to make more mistakes? You stub your toe, fumble your cell phone, or misdial a number. According to a recent study from Tufts, your mood can also affect your visual judgement, particularly your ability to effectively interpret data visualizations.

What Percentage of Rich and Poor Families Go to College? This Interactive Asks You to Draw the Chart

The New York Time’s has a very unique game to play over at The Upshot. They’re question: “how likely is it that children who grow up in very poor families go to college?” Not content to leave us with a simple percentage to fill in, they’ve created an interactive ‘draw your guess’ chart to see how close to reality people can get.

The chart compares ‘parents’ income percentile’ to the ‘percent of children who attend college.’ The results are probably not what you expect… but highly revealing of current trends.

These Scarves are Knitted With Patterns from Your Brainwave Activity

These scarves are about as personalized as possible. NeuroKnitting creates scarves knitted with the wearer’s brainwaves – captured while they listened to Bach’s Goldberg Variations’ aria and its first 7 variations. As personal as wearing your fingerprint on your shirt, NeuroKnitting transforms an emotional state into something both tangible and wearable.

This Jaw-Dropping Video Will Make the Earth Seem VERY Small

If you ever watched Cosmos as a kid (or just on Youtube) you know Carl Sagan loved to drop his catch phrase ‘billions and billions’. But Sagan didn’t just talk about how big everything was in the universe, some numbers are just too large to comprehend. This video explains the universe a lot like Sagan would, by showing it to us in a way we can’t possibly forget.

Want to Make Beautiful Charts and Graphics? Use Visage

It’s an exciting week. Our sister company, Visage, is officially open for business. It’s a new platform that lets you make beautiful charts and graphics for publishing. We’re excited that everyone—data scientists, designers, and anyone in between—can give Visage a try now. 

How Much Sugar Do you Consume in a Day? This Video Might Scare You

The best visual content has beauty, substance, and a strong takeaway. It keeps you captivated and makes you think—even about things you don’t want to (like how much sugar you consume in a day). So, when we came across this video,”Sugar of the Day,” by Tien-Min Liao, we had to give it props. 

People are Consuming A Massive 8 Hours of Media Each Day

492 minutes a day. That’s the average amount of media ZenithOptimedia predicts the world’s people will consume in 2015, according to their new report Media Consumption Forecasts. That’s more than last year, and the year before.

What do they consider ‘media’? It’s not just staring at a phone at the crosswalk. They include reading newspapers and magazines, watching television, listening to the radio, visiting the cinema, using the internet, and viewing outdoor advertising.

No surprise here: newspaper consumption is way down, while anything to do with the internet is grabbing hours quickly.