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TED Talks: Meeting of the Minds [Infographic]

Thursday 12.19.2013 , Posted by
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When it comes to world changing projects, it’s hard to get any better than TED. With a mission to share “Ideas worth spreading” the talks have become a household name and a go-to for inspiration, peaks at cutting edge innovation and thinking… all explained in a maximum of 18 minutes per talk. Notable speakers have been Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Richard Dawkins, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners. [Read more...]

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50 Years of 50 “Must Have” Toys

Wednesday 12.18.2013 , Posted by
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Ok, I’m going to ask a personal question: how old are you? Too personal? Ok, ok… I won’t dig that deep here. How about: what toy was popular for christmas when you were 10 years old? I know you remember it. In those exciting youthful days, there was always a “must have” gift on the list… something that would absolutely crush Christmas without finding it under the tree. Was it a Cabbage Patch Kid, a Hot Wheels car, or a Razor scooter? For me it was a remote control submarine from the Sears Wishbook. Remember that? This great graphic tracks some of the most popular holiday toys from the past 50 years. Is your favorite gift from Christmas past on the list? [Read more...]

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Coolness Graphed: Charting Life with Bar Graphs and Humor

Wednesday 12.18.2013 , Posted by
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Coolness Graphed has been charting life and its relative coolness or ‘uncoolness’ for the past two years. RC Jones began the project as a creative outlet to counterbalance a boring day job, and within three months of publishing on tumblr, the project was receiving attention from national media including Forbes and MSN.

Earlier this year, a collection of graphs was published in a book that seems perfect for geeky gifting. In the announcement of his book deal, Jones shares, “Less than a year ago I got an email that I could tell was very important because it contained the phrase “you had us at ‘sporklift.’” [Read more...]

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A Video of Midday Traffic Reorganized by Color (Part of Cy Kuckenbaker’s Rhythm Exploring ‘San Diego Studies’)

Wednesday 12.18.2013 , Posted by
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If it seems like there are a load of silver and white cars on the road, you are completely correct. Getting stuck in rush hour traffic, it’s just one of those things you notice as you stare around aimlessly hoping for a break in the gridlock. Cy Kuckenbaker has just given us a whole new appreciation for this colorful rhythm, using After Effects to sort out cars by color in footage of State Route 163 in San Diego. His editing is convincing, giving the highly trafficked segment of freeway a look of unusually perfect organization. [Read more...]

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What Lies Beneath: Diving Into the Neptune Undersea Observatory Project [Infographic]

Monday 12.09.2013 , Posted by

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On the surface, it would seem that new frontiers have been just about exhausted on Earth… but sometimes you just have to look deeper. The world’s oceans are vast, covering 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and containing 97 percent of the water… yet only about 5 percent of the ocean and its depths have been explored. The Neptune Canada project is aiming to change that. By filling us in with real-time video and data direct from the far reaches of the sea floor, the project launched in 2009 is already helping scientists understand mysteries of the deep – and they’re doing it with the help of people like you. [Read more...]

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This is a Heat Map of Individual American Debt, State-by-State

Tuesday 12.03.2013 , Posted by

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Let the irony sink in: when discussing states with the highest amount of average debt per individual, apparently Washington, D.C. residents lead the way. According to a joint graphic put together by visual agency Column Five and global information services company Experianthe average individual debt in Washington, D.C. comes out to $30,444.

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We Fell In Friend-Love With Yumi Sakugawa [Interview]

Tuesday 12.03.2013 , Posted by

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Southern California-based illustrator Yumi Sakugawa explores the pangs, passions, and perils of platonic love in her charming comic I Think I’m in Friend-Love With You.  A story of an awkwardly-adorable monster yearning for non-romantic affection – in the form of inside jokes, special hang-out sessions, and late-night Facebook chats – Sakugawa’s comic captures a relational territory often considered ambiguous: the connection with and longing for platonic pals. [Read more...]

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The Galaxy Quest: Going Into Orbit With the International Space Station [Infographic]

Wednesday 11.27.2013 , Posted by

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In recent years, there have been few space projects as exciting as the International Space Station, or ISS. Even though it is the 9th space station to take orbit, it is the first to house a full-time crew and a dedicated research laboratory. And, with recent social media exploits – like those of the excellent Commander Chris Hadfield who famously sang David Bowie’s Space Oddity from orbit – space has never looked so near or friendly for the human species. [Read more...]

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Visualizing Spending Habits of the Average Holiday Shopper in 2013 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Tuesday 11.26.2013 , Posted by

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A person’s average holiday spending can be organized into four key recipient categories: family, friends, coworkers and the all-encompassing others.

According to this visual breakdown by MyPoints, the average holiday shopper will spend $536.86 on gifts this year, allocating 77% for family, 13%  for friends, 4% for coworkers and 5% for all the others in their life.

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Uncanny Animated GIFs Go In Circles

Tuesday 11.19.2013 , Posted by

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rrrrrrrroll puts photos in heavy rotation. A project based out of Japan, rrrrrrrroll creates animated GIFs featuring an anonymous individual in unassuming, everyday environments. Each still image, however, is animated by one element moving in a trippy endless cycle – ranging from a forkful of spaghetti suspended over a spinning plate, to a woman frantically swinging herself around a lamppost. [Read more...]

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