5 Charts That Every Creative Can Relate to

Whether you’re a designer or copywriter, director or photographer, it’s cool to say what you do at a cocktail party. But the reality of creative professions is a little less glamorous. Long hours, frustration, and endless wrestling with your creative muses (or clients) is the daily existence. For anyone who knows how real the struggle is, here’s a little chart-based humor to keep you moving. Stay strong out there.

Data Visualization 101: Scatter Plots

In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Scatter plots have been called the “most versatile, polymorphic, and generally useful invention in the history of statistical graphics” (Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 2005). That’s a big claim, but just as their name implies, they can take a confusing and scattered set of data and make sense of it. As such, these plots are much more than a visualization tool; they are a discovery tool. Let’s look at what makes the scatter plot so good.

Want a Company to Answer Your Question? Use Facebook, Not Twitter.

Social networks often tout themselves as a direct link to big brands. Here, we are told, our questions will be answered in mere minutes. But how does that promise actually hold up? A new report from social media analysis firm Socialbakers says when it comes to asking brands a question, using Facebook is the key to getting an answer.

Kurt Vonnegut Shows Us the Shape of Stories

Kurt Vonnegut was a master writer and storyteller. And as we all know, a good story has a solid structure. But what does that look like?  We recently stumbled across an old video of Kurt Vonnegut visualizing story arcs in true data scientist fashion. (Storytelling + data visualization + data visualization about storytelling = minds blown.)

What Major Writes the Longest Master’s Thesis?

Even if you don’t count the research that goes into it, writing a master’s thesis is a whole lot of work. So. Many. Pages. But are all majors equally lengthy? Marcus Beck of R is My Friend has the answer in this visualization of masters’ theses from different fields, arranged by average page length.

Medical Chemistry, and Science Technology and Environmental Policy top the list with average lengths well over 100 pages. On the short end of the scale is Clinical Research, having average page lengths of around 25.

Want to Be More Creative? Do Something Boring

If you often find yourself bored at work because you’re doing the same dull things over and over, you might be secretly helping your creativity. Yes, it sounds crazy and counterintuitive, but hear us out. A 2013 study by psychology researchers at the UK’s University of Central Lancaster found that being bored at work—roped into monotonous tasks—give us time to daydream, which, in fact, makes us more creative. 

10 Inspiring Ways Brands Celebrate Holidays on Instagram

There’s a reason we honor holidays and special events: It brings us all closer together. And on social media, it gives us an excuse to join a celebration—or a conversation at least. Hence, practically every day is national something day.

Brands are particularly known for joining in, sharing their own social posts to honor special events. Unfortunately, these posts can often feel cheesy or forced.(We’ve all seen the cringeworthy 9/11 tweets.) But sometimes, brands do it right. On Instagram, the social platform that is the perfect place to experiment with visual content, we’re seeing lots of companies doing creative and clever work around holidays. That said, here are 10 great pieces of content that we’d like to celebrate.

Visualizing the Movements of Chess Pieces Using Millions of Games

Every chess piece has a signature footprint after millions of moves. Using the 2.2 million chess games stored at Million Base, Steve Tung has visualized the movements of individual chess pieces across the board. Each of his images reveal that unique footprint and some of the most popular strategies used during a normal game.

Stanford Study: Walking Increases Creativity by 60%

It’s not unusual to get good ideas while walking, and now we know why. A new study by Stanford researchers has found that a person’s creative output increases by an average of 60% when walking.

This Visualization Will Help You Understand the Unbelievable Number of People Lost in WWII

The Fallen of World War II is a documentary visualization that gives us a heartrending perspective of the casualties lost during the conflict. Created by filmmaker Neil Halloran, the 18-minute short breaks down the war’s tragedies, stacking them into a sobering tally of the people who lost their lives.

With numbers reaching into the tens of millions, it is difficult to comprehend the magnitude of the war, or how it compares to the conflicts of today. But with Halloran’s exceptional comparisons and storytelling, the magnitude of World War II is made clear.