Data + Design Project

The Weight of the Nation

Monday 05.28.2012 , Posted by

It’s no surprise that the United States is facing an alarming obesity problem (no surprise because most people can name the location of every fast food joint in town, but hit a wall when asked about the times and locations of their local farmers markets). It would be too quick and easy to blame individuals for eating too much and exercising too little, mainly because the causes are complex and involve many sometimes complex factors. [Read more…]

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The UP Wristband Reminds You To Live

Monday 11.21.2011 , Posted by

Now here’s an interesting new gadget: with todays hectic, busy lifestyles, it’s easy to get sucked into an activity and forget about normal life things like moving around or eating regularly. Enter the new UP wristband from Jawbone. The modern, flexible devise wraps around your wrist, linking you to your smart phone via Bluetooth while keeping track of your eating habits, nutrition, sleep patterns and overall well being. It also vibrates to alert you when you haven’t moved around for a while and works as an alarm to monitor your sleep and wake you at the perfect moment in your sleep cycle. Your personal data is graphed on your phone and it offers recommendations about improvements in dietary and fitness routines. You don’t have to take it off in the pool or shower as it’s waterproof. Check out the video below, then jog by jawbone.com for a rundown on the cool $99 dollar device. [Read more…]

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InfographiKids: Live-Action Visualization With Kids

Tuesday 07.19.2011 , Posted by

We’ve seen a lot of unusual ways to represent infographics lately, from in-the-field visualization tool-kits to a DIY stencil for pie-charts, it seems the ways to represent data is nearly limitless. This new advertisement for Canadian organization Active for Life, sees school children using their bodies to demonstrate the dwindling level of fitness in Canadian schools. While the precision of the data visualization may be inherently a little on the fuzzy side, the execution and over-all communication from the technique is spot-on. Check out those colorful arms! [Read more…]

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