Data + Design Project

Are You Suffering from Unhealthy Social Media Use?

Monday 11.12.2012 , Posted by

The Internet has become the building block of information creation and storage in the modern age. It’s a place where we can create websites, publications, blogs, and micro-blogs; then transfer that knowledge to people across the globe. Social media has become one of the greatest harnessers of this technology — a vehicle that comes in many different makes and models – and provides us with a multitude of stellar platforms in which to engage and share this content. With all of this social media bliss distracting us, sickness has also come knocking on our doors.  [Read more...]

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A Case for Space: The Office Cubicle Expands

Wednesday 11.07.2012 , Posted by

The days of stuffy work environments, über boring decor, and closed off working spaces are going the way of the dinosaur. As technologies evolve and work needs change, companies are acknowledging the need for more adaptable workspaces as well. Companies like Google, Facebook, Pandora and Urban Outfitters are spearheading the charge in creating an encouraging space to foster creativity, innovation, contemplation, and collaboration — creating an intensely valid case for space.  [Read more...]

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Art of Performance: Famous Sports Moments Graphed

Friday 11.02.2012 , Posted by

The images you see here represent some of the best moments in sports history, while at the same time representing some of the best data visualization I’ve seen in a while. Not only do these graphics clearly and cleanly demonstrate the massive talent of the competitors in each varied sport, each also does it with a stylish and appropriate display for the data involved. For the information obsessed, these graphics truly prove that data can be beautiful. [Read more...]

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Seeking With Siri: SEO for the Mobile Search World

Wednesday 10.31.2012 , Posted by

The web is expanding exponentially, and thanks to smartphones, the mobile market is vastly becoming a major player in this sphere. The mobile web is the fastest growing online arena, now home to more than 4 billion connected smartphones. If statistics hold, mobile use will overtake desktop traffic by 2014. This is an important realization to be made, because no matter what type of business you run, your audience already is — or soon will be — on the mobile web, and reaching them on this platform should become a priority. [Read more...]

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The Surprising Burden of Small Business Regulations

Saturday 10.27.2012 , Posted by

Often one of the great mysteries of owning a business is something we don’t want to deal with at all: taxes and regulatory fees. These unavoidable facts of life can be an intimidating source of stress and confusion for many entrepreneurs and, as this graphic from ChamberofCommerce.com clearly illustrates, there are some surprisingly unfair burdens put on those least equipped to handle this: the smallest businesses in the United States. [Read more...]

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4 Major Social Segments to Watch

Thursday 10.18.2012 , Posted by

Trying to figure out — and stay up with — what’s going on with social networks requires some dedication, and keeping your ear to the ground. If you’ve been paying attention, then you’ve probably noticed a shift in the conversation. Previously, the dialogue was fixated on growing Fans, Followers, and building a creative presence on social media sites. Now, the dialogue has shifted into a conversation about driving real engagement and measurable business value. [Read more...]

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James Bond: The Tricked Out Gadgets and Vehicles of 007

Wednesday 10.17.2012 , Posted by

The legacy of James Bond lives on. With the treasured franchise now reaching its 50th anniversary and the new feature film, Skyfall  preparing to hit studios; there’s no better time to take a closer look at the Bond legacy — especially when it comes to his vehicles and gadgets. We all know James Bond was known for his ability to seduce the most bombshell vixens the planet has ever seen, but he was also known for having the hottest rides and coolest gadgets – all decked out with the most high tech and often impractical weaponry ever needed for any situation. [Read more...]

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The Ultimate Zombie Preparation Guide

Tuesday 10.16.2012 , Posted by

There’s nothing worse than getting caught with your pants down, especially if it’s during the psychotic rampage of a brain-eating, flesh tearing, walking dead style zombie apocalypse. Staying alive has become your new objective, and you’ve got a couple different options: hunt them down, or head for the hills. Either way, you’ll need to prepare for the eventual end of the world, and now is the time to plan, research and train. [Read more...]

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Paperless Push: Digital Postal Mail Explored

Monday 10.15.2012 , Posted by

In a future, not too distant from where we exist now, there will be a generation who won’t even know what snail mail is — or was. The phrase will entirely drop from our lexicon like a rock tossed into a dark lake, never to surface again except for nostalgic purposes. “Hey, remember when people used to lick these things, put them on an envelope (whatever that even is), and then send them to their family and friends with writing on and in them? Super weird, right?” The future of going paperless is continuing to grow, and trees around the world are breathing a sigh of relief. [Read more...]

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How to Improve Google Adwords Quality Scores

Friday 10.05.2012 , Posted by

Google always wants to make sure that the most qualified pages are showing up in their queries. This makes sure the people using their search engine get the most relevant sites regarding content, combined with the best navigation and overall ease of use. Its quality score is an estimation of how relevant your landing page, keywords, and ads are to the keyword you’re targeting. It also relates to the people viewing your content, where your ad will be located on the page, and how much Google is going to charge you for your ad location.  [Read more...]

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