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5 Annual Reports that Absolutely Nail It

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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Just the thought of reading a company’s annual report is enough to make most eyes go blurry, but it doesn’t have to be so.

If designed well and presented in the right format, annual reports are an exceptional way to present company milestones from the previous year, as well as highlight company culture—without boring readers to death.

The best annual reports even do the seemingly impossible: engage investors and win loyal fans. And as more emphasis is placed on creative presentation, it’s fast becoming the latest format to benefit from good design. Here are 5 brands that nailed their annual reports. [Read more...]

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Visage: A Visualization Tool that Democratizes Good Design

Tuesday 05.06.2014 , Posted by
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Visage is a new platform that enables non-designers to easily create beautiful, on-brand visual content such as data visualization, reports, presentations and infographics in a single web interface. It looks to become one of the best methods for making the message in your data impactful, communicative and yes, very beautiful. The goal of Visage was simple: democratize good design, and put it in the hands of everyone.

Visage provides a platform for creating compelling presentations and reports typically out of reach to non-designers or those who can’t afford a design agency price tag. With an elegant drag-and-drop interface, easy customization of color schemes, and the ability to quickly revise data and layouts, Visage handy improves on common tools in the visualization market. [Read more...]

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One Cob, Many Flavors: These Recipes Will Have You Rethinking Your Next BBQ

Monday 03.24.2014 , Posted by
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Did you know peak corn season is in the springtime? That’s right, just as the days are getting warm and the BBQ is begging to be fired up, one of the most mouth watering crops springs forth ready to be munched… in so many tasty ways. That’s because, although corn originated in the Americas, it’s now grown on every continent except Antarctica – and each area has at least one regional recipe for your next cookout. [Read more...]

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Mapping the Running Routes of Major Cities… and the Secret One’s You Don’t Know About

Monday 02.10.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re like many of us data hungry people, you don’t just go running anymore. While you’re listening to your tunes pounding down the pavement, you’re also tracking where you are, how far you’ve run, how fast you’re going and even your elevation… all with a smartphone app. While that data on ourselves is highly useful, there’s often a big piece missing – everyone else. Nathan Yau, the statistics obsessed fellow at Flowing Data, recently pulled the pubic user information from the fantastic app Run Keeper, giving us a look at the popular running routes of major world cities… the results are fascinating, informative and reveal juicy runner secrets. [Read more...]

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We’ve Got Happy Eyes and Ears: Google Launches Interactive Music Timeline

Friday 01.17.2014 , Posted by
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Here’s some news that’s sure to catch the ear of many an audiophile: just yesterday Google launched their interactive Music Timeline – a way to explore musical popularity over the last century in timeline form. The visualization breaks down the musical world into its plethora of sub-genres – be it classic rock, east coast hip-hop or progressive metal. The timeline uses aggregated data from Google Play Music to show musical popularities as they transitioned through time (like the move from classic metal, to thrash to alt metal). [Read more...]

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Visualizing World Life Expectancy at Birth

Tuesday 01.07.2014 , Posted by
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Omani designer Marcelo Duhalde recently released the latest of his Miscellanea Infographics, this time visualizing the life expectancy one could hope for in the 195 countries around the world. It’s a simple graphic, but don’t let that get in the way of the fantastic insights hidden in each book-like sweep of his graph. He points out that “life expectancy is a synthetic indicator of the living conditions, health, education, and other social dimensions of a country or territory.” [Read more...]

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The When and Why of the Breakup (or What Happens When Relationships Go South)

Monday 12.30.2013 , Posted by
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As the old song says “breaking up is hard to do”… but perhaps a little insight could help us understand why it happens in the first place. Information designers David McCandless and Lee Byron teamed up to create three graphics dedicated to breakup miscellaneum – from what day of the year is the most popular breakup day (the first Monday of December), to the country with the most affairs (we’re looking at you Turkey!). [Read more...]

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A Video of Midday Traffic Reorganized by Color (Part of Cy Kuckenbaker’s Rhythm Exploring ‘San Diego Studies’)

Wednesday 12.18.2013 , Posted by
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If it seems like there are a load of silver and white cars on the road, you are completely correct. Getting stuck in rush hour traffic, it’s just one of those things you notice as you stare around aimlessly hoping for a break in the gridlock. Cy Kuckenbaker has just given us a whole new appreciation for this colorful rhythm, using After Effects to sort out cars by color in footage of State Route 163 in San Diego. His editing is convincing, giving the highly trafficked segment of freeway a look of unusually perfect organization. [Read more...]

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This Map of Internet Usage Shows Why China is a Sleeping Internet Giant

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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The internet is a massive place, but not as massive as the world population. This map, created by Mark Graham and Stefano De Sabbata using data from The World Bank, puts some of the internets demographics in perspective while creating a rather stunning picture of just how big China ranks on internet traffic and how much room it still has to grow. [Read more...]

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Fields of Gold: Changes in the US Corn Industry [Infographic]

Tuesday 10.08.2013 , Posted by

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Corn was once a straightforward crop, but the US industry has seen big changes in recent years. Ethanol and GMOs are both relatively new to the scene, and they are both hot-button issues. Since 1980, the use of corn has increased significantly as a result of renewable energy legislation. Not only are we using more corn, but we are using different strains of corn. In 2013, genetically engineered corn accounted for 90% of the planted crop showing a steep increase from just 25% in 2000. A series of graphs were produced by Flapjack Media to detangle the data. The full graphic is available here. [Read more...]

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