Your Summer in 5 Charts

Summer is here. But it’s a little different when you’re an adult. You’re making travel plans, organizing your schedule, tackling major projects, and trying to find time to relax somewhere in between. Still, we all try to make the most of the good weather and relaxed vibe—even when things go awry. To sum it up, here are 5 charts that we think encapsulate the summer experience as an adult.

This Chicago Cannabis Advocacy Website Lets Visualizations Do the Talking

Despite Chicago decriminalizing marijuana possession in 2012, the state of Illinois has earned a reputation as the least friendly state in the nation for marijuana users. What does that look like? Rather than citing citizens as they are allowed, Chicago PD is arresting people for small amounts of marijuana at alarming rates. Arrest Chicago, a cannabis advocacy site, lets the numbers do the talking.

A Timeline of Underground Queer Cinema

The history of cinema is filled with life stories, but few that depict the LGBT community. In its century long existence, main stream cinema has typically shied away from the subject, deeming it too controversial or unpopular – but there were films being made. Fandor pulled together 50 films, both underground and mainstream, which paved the way for greater expression in queer cinema.

How Does the World Search For ‘Global Warming’? Google Created a Visualization to Show It

Google recently released a beautiful interactive visualization that explores search volumes for phrases related to climate change. Curious to see how “global warming,” “energy” or “oceans” are trending around the world? Google put those and other popular searches on the map, highlighting recent searches and data from 20 cities around the globe.

Portland Police Show How Much Weed is Legal, Compared to a Doughnut!

You don’t find too many police departments creating cute little visualizations… but Portland Police Bureau did just that. As of June 1st, Oregon’s Measure 91 allows adults 21 and older to posses up to one ounce of marijuana outside the home, eight ounces in the house, and four pot plants. For those who don’t want to carry a scale around with them, PPB created this visualization comparing the legal limits for weed… to a doughnut!!!

Crossovers: NPR Is Taking Video by Storm

Multimedia, a buzzword about a decade ago, is now the norm. Once a pleasant surprise to see video on the same page as text or a comment forum after a piece of content, the idea of multimedia has evolved from something exciting to something expected. We consider a website substandard if we can’t interact with it and other users on that site.

Why Hip-Hop Makes for Great Visual Content

There are plenty of fascinating things in this world that make great visual content, and we see the same areas being explored over and over: science, health, business, tech. But there is one area of interest that seems to be continually mined for inspiration: hip-hop. From fascinating data visualizations to unique interactives to videos, this particular corner of pop culture shows up in our feeds a lot. 

Want to Climb Everest? This Cool Guide Walks You Through the Trip to the Summit

Big projects take big planning, and climbing Mount Everest isn’t any different. The challenge for an undertaking like this is keeping all the details in order, and making sure you’re prepared – the cost of failure is very high. For their Everest Guide, Winfield Outdoors created a smart flow chart we really like. They could have just given us a boring directory of articles, but instead they visually guide us through the many important steps needed to reach this lofty goal.

#TBT: 10 Vintage Ads Featuring Creepy Kids

We like a good #TBT because vintage visual content provides plenty of inspiration. From classic ads to historic data visualization, plenty of things from the past still hold up. But some things should definitely be forgotten by history. While perusing the plethora of vintage ads on the Internet, we noticed a surprising trend: a lot of vintage ads geared toward kids have a creep factor turned up to 11. Whether it’s the inappropriate products being sold or the Children of the Corn vibe in the way they’re depicted, it’s a little unnerving. Here are a few of our faves. 

Data Visualization 101: Heatmaps

For quickly visualizing variables across a region of the world, there are few better tools than the heat map.

What It Is

A heat map (or choropleth map) is a thematic map in which the area inside recognized boundaries—such as states, counties, or territories—is shaded in proportion to the data being represented. They can be used to represent population density, diversity, average temperatures, per-capita income, social views, and many other geographically important measurements.