Data + Design Project

The Many Faces of the Internet User

Thursday 04.19.2012 , Posted by

The Internet has graduated from its days of being the wild wild west, into a budding modern menagerie of personalities, personas, and psychos. You are likely to encounter several of these types of personalities as you browse through your feeds at Tumblr, Facebook, Mashable, Reddit, 4chan, Gawker, and your favorite design/art/music blogs. The Internet can be a confusing thing to navigate, and a journey into the dark heart of its users can help educate you about their different personalities. [Read more...]

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The Recipe for Writing Success? Kill Your Characters

Wednesday 04.18.2012 , Posted by

Ok aspiring fiction writers, if you’ve ever wondered how to write a successful novel, the secret is here: kill off your characters. Of the handful of books that won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2011, all 13 novels had the common theme of putting to death main characters… it’s a lot like the plot of Will Ferrell’s Stranger Than Fiction… everyone knows the story won’t be as good without a solid death. [Read more...]

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9 Surprising Things About People Who Go Solar

Tuesday 04.17.2012 , Posted by

A lot of people may think that the current adopters of home solar power are your stereotypical tree-hugging, left-leaning, well-to-do ex-hippies; those who can’t stop raving about their organic fruit purchases or their latest discovery of granola combinations from Mother’s Market. Although this seems like a logical analysis of past homeowners who went solar, it’s simply not true anymore, and some of the reasons might even leave you a little bit perplexed. [Read more...]

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The Case For Facebook: Its Effects on Work Productivity

Saturday 04.14.2012 , Posted by

Social media has become an ever increasing part of our lives over the past few years. Five years ago Facebook was just a place to connect with friends you knew and foster relationships with new ones. Today, everyone and their mother (grandmother, aunt, uncle, cousins, and cat) are on Facebook; so it’s no surprise employees are going on social networks, and even browsing them in the office. The corporate debate over allowing employees to partake in these activities during work hours is a controversial one. [Read more...]

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Titanic by the Numbers

Thursday 04.12.2012 , Posted by

The sinking of the Titanic has gone down in history as one of the greatest follies of all time: the “unsinkable” ship was swallowed whole by the vast Atlantic ocean on its maiden voyage. With interest being revitalized in the ship with the release of James Cameron’s Titanic 3D, it’s time to take a look back on the specifics about one of the most famous ships to ever sail the seven seas. [Read more...]

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Why Americans Don’t Recycle

Thursday 04.12.2012 , Posted by

Recycling is done by just half of Americans daily, and 13 percent don’t recycle at all. Even though they understand the benefits to our environment and economy, their ineptitude of what can and can’t be recycled, doubled with their finding the process inconvenient and time-consuming, is becoming a major hinderance to recycling efforts all across the United States. [Read more...]

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Tracking Your Team Through the Baseball Season

Friday 04.06.2012 , Posted by

Here in the States, Baseball season is upon us and the country is looking forward to a long and exciting year of stolen bases, double-plays and epic walk-off home runs. How are things going to pan out for your team? This beautiful interactive poster helps you track the data of your favorite team, game by game, through the full season… by the time October rolls around you’ll have a full, ready to frame visualization of how your team faired, from first pitch to their final standings. [Read more...]

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Smart Phone Battery Saving 101

Tuesday 04.03.2012 , Posted by

Good battery life is becoming an increasing concern for smartphone owners: a working phone = happiness. So many of our everyday functions are now conducted with the swipe of a finger. Tasks like shopping, paying bills, playing games, creating music and interacting with friends are now normal things to do on a smartphone… and those are just a few of the things you lose when your battery goes dead. A recent survey done by SwiftKey shows that out of 23,000 smartphone users surveyed, 59 percent of those looking to buy a new smartphone thought good battery life was essential. Just how important was that? Only 32 percent of the group said price was an essential decision maker. [Read more...]

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Stopping Traffic: The Busiest NYC Subway Stops?

Wednesday 03.28.2012 , Posted by

New York City, where half the population doesn’t own a car, is synonymous with Mass Transit. The MTA pegs subway and bus ridership at approximately seven million a day; and each year puts out a ridership report for subway and bus stations. [Read more...]

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Why is Pinterest So Addictive?

Monday 03.26.2012 , Posted by

Over the last six months, Pinterest has seen itself explode all over the Internet, quickly becoming the rising star of the social media scene in a big way. From September 2011 to February 2012, the monthly unique visits to the Pinterest site grew over 866 percent. Pinterest is also beginning to give its rivals – Tumblr and Facebook – a run for their money when it comes to time spent on the respective sites. There are a few reasons why Pinterest has been performing so well: the design of the site, its massive appeal to a broad audience, a place of refuge from Twitter/Facebook, and its accessibility. [Read more...]

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