These 3 Trends are Killing Your Creativity

After nearly two decades working various jobs throughout the creative world, I’ve noticed a recent phenomenon in our industry’s culture. Creatives now are focusing more on insignificant things—like fashion trends and lifestyle accessories, while quality work is becoming the sideshow. Right-brainers have always done a knockout job of differentiating themselves from the rest of the pack, but I think these 3 distractions  may actually be hindering the creativity we for which we strive.

Data Visualization 101: Bubble Charts

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

So far in our series, we’ve dealt with tools for clearly displaying two dimensions of data, but what happens when you have a third or fourth? Do you use a bar chart and stack bars with different variables next to one another? Do you use multiple graphs and compare the results?

Welcome to the bubble chart. This incredibly versatile chart form can be used to visualize a data set with two to four dimensions, all in one elegant and easy to interpret chart.

Here’s the Current Status of Gay Marriage in the U.S.

This morning we celebrate the historic Supreme Court decision declaring gay marriage constitutional.

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Public opinion has been shifting in favor for a while now, and that seems evident in the ruling. 

TBT: Beautiful Victorian Data Visualizations

We love it when we come across great visual content from back in the day—it’s inspiring to see creativity evolve over centuries. While it may seem like infographics and data visualization are new trends triggered by the advent of technology, information design has been around for millennia. Take a look these great Victorian-era visualizations, compiled by BibliOdyssey, created between 1830 and 1890. 

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.