4 Reasons Vertical Video is Suddenly OK

Despite our title for this post, most people would agree: vertical video is the bane of the smart phone era. Our eyes aren’t stacked on top of each other, making a portrait shaped image less than natural viewing. They don’t fit on standard TV or laptop screens, leaving huge black bars at the border. Heck, Google’s Android camera app even scolds you for trying to go vertical. And we can’t forget about the scourge of “vertical video syndrome”

Is it Time for a Wooden Skyscraper Revolution? It Makes a Lot of Sense.

The world’s population is becoming more urbanized by the day. That means a lot of new city dwellers need somewhere to call home. But, where do we house them? Traditionally it’s been in new concrete or steel buildings and skyscrapers. But there is another option: wood.

Elias Poland Drew Everything He Bought for a Year

Elias Poland spent his 22nd year recording life in a journal, but unlike most people, he didn’t stick to written accounts of the day, love interests or introspection on the meaning of life (although there’s some of that). Feeling he hadn’t been drawing enough, Elias hit on an idea that would encourage creative output: he’d draw a picture of everything he bought for the whole year.

“From coffee to scabies medication, I drew everything.”

Home in on 4 Centuries of American House Architecture

America has had a long and storied history when it comes to where we call “home”. From the European inspired architecture of the 17th century, to 19th century Craftsman homes, or the “McMansions” of the ‘90s the continual evolution of American house design speaks to our roots and our vision for the future. Pop Chart Lab recently released a print on this theme, The Architecture of American Houses, which sorts over 4 centuries of architecture into 7 major categories (from Colonial to Neo-Eclectic), and 40 subdivisions. It’s fantastically rich on details.

This Interactive Music Video Gives You the Golden Touch

Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that we love the most. Masashi Kawamura of creative lab PARTY (featured previously) teamed up with Logan director Kenji Yamashita to create a music video with a touch screen experience that’s charmingly retro… and by that, we mean touching the screen doesn’t do anything at all

States with the Most Mass Shootings

On Thursday, July 23, a man walked into a movie theatre in Lafayette, Lousiana, and opened fire. He killed 2 movie-goers, and another 7 people were injured in the event. Tragically, this is yet another mass shooting in America—now a semi-regular occurrence.

A mass shooting is defined as, “when four or more people are shot in an event, or related series of events.” By this definition, 40 of the 50 U.S. states have already experienced a mass shooting in 2015. To put that into perspective, according to USA Today, mass shootings happen about every two weeks in America.

Our hearts go out to the victims of this incident and the many gun-related tragedies that have occurred.

Check out USA Today’s in-depth look at this troubling phenomenon to get a deeper understanding.

DandKPodcast: The Crazy Funny Instagram You Need to Follow ASAP

Kyle Mooney is a hilarious comedian who you probably know as a castmember on Saturday Night Live. He’s the master of the unassuming-awkward-white guy who tries too hard, and he’s great at capturing the subtleties of his different characters. Some classics:

Charts of the Week: Amy Schumer’s Box Office, Donald Trump, and More

Each week’s news cycle brings us great stories and great data for us to visualize. From Amy Schumer’s box-office win with Trainwreck to the amount Americans will spend on their pets this year, this week didn’t disappoint. Here’s a roundup of our QuickViz charts of the week.

These Quirky ‘Combophotos’ Reveal Surprising Views of the World

From top to bottom, this photo series is very clever. Combophotos, a personal project by Creative Director Stephen McMennamy of BBDO Atlanta, pairs two images in delightfully unexpected ways. Each is sliced horizontally, and combined with a complimentary image: turtles grow helmets in place of shells, people take drinks out of water towers, and a milk jug pours white rope.

5 Minimalist Animations that Convey Big Ideas

When we peel away the layers of complexity in a project, we are left with only with the message at its core. That’s one of the BIG reasons why minimalist projects can have a huge impact. Do them right, and they’re brilliant, but do them wrong, and they’re just boring. Here we highlight 5 animation projects that nailed the delicate balancing act of detail vs. simplicity and convey so very much with very little.