One Size Does NOT Fit All: How Tom Burrell Changed the World of Advertising

Before Tom Burrell, the advertising world was a very different place. But in the age of Mad Men, he was something different, too: an African-American man in advertising.

The Easy Way (and the Hard Way) to Make a GIF from a Video

Animated GIFs have been around since CompuServe introduced them in 1987. Since then they’ve been used for everything from MySpace glitter graphics (uggg…), to sweet dance clips, and some really refined cinemagraphs like the one above. While GIFs are everywhere, it’s only a small section of the internet that makes them – so let’s look at two ways you can make a GIF.

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.

Western Films Are Brown and Dusty, Right? This Color Analysis Says We’re Wrong.

A little while ago Kevin Ferguson went on a western film viewing binge. When he was done he’d seen 50 of the classic cowboy movies, a whole lot of John Wayne and a lot of riding off into the sunset. His western obsession didn’t end there. Intrigued by the color in each film, he compressed its imagery into a single frame – an analysis of its form and light. Each of his ‘summed images’ reveal the color palette, mood and dominant framing technique that make a film’s running length.

BrandCrush: 3 Ways LEGO Architecture Is Building a Massive Following

LEGO is building a social media following as inspiring as their little plastic bricks — and their LEGO Architecture brand is playing a major role. Part of their success is coming from innovative campaigns that capitalize on the creativity their product inspires.

With LEGO Architecture, they’ve harnessed the world’s love for creative design and iconic buildings, while getting fans involved with building challenges that have gone completely viral. How has that paid off? Since just February, LEGOs Instagram followers have jumped from around 380,000 to an astounding 522,000. For an old-school brand that nearly faced extinction a few years back, they are staying on top of new social networks and creating plenty of reasons to love them.

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.

Need Color Inspiration? Take Some Tips from Beyoncé

Inspiration is EVERYWHERE. If you need more convincing, just take a look at the entrancing little blog Beyoncé Palettes. Here the singer’s many, many photographs are used as the source for inspired color palettes which harmonize with Queen Bey herself. Whether you’re painting the kid’s room, designing an event website, or searching for a look to set your latest poster apart, this creative exercise is a great example for any designer.

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.