Data + Design Project

Don’t Let Summer Grilling Make You Sick

Friday 08.17.2012 , Posted by

The hot summer days and long nights make us want to do nothing more with ourselves than hop into our swim gear, enjoy a long day at the pool or beach, and have a good old fashioned picnic or BBQ. The only problem with this — especially with how hot it’s been this summer — is that warm weather causes a spike in foodborne illness. Nothing ruins a good time like potato salad that’s taken a dive and turned nearly radioactive while you were out taking a dip, throwing the frisbee around, or grabbing another cold one. [Read more...]

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What Does Time Mean to Small Business Owners?

Tuesday 08.14.2012 , Posted by

Many of us are juggling multiple roles in our daily lives, whether it’s family or work related, we all wear many hats. For some, it’s just a fedora or baseball cap; for others, it’s an amalgamation of bowlers, fedoras, beanies, berets, buckets, newsboys and baseball caps. When starting a small business, there aren’t always reserves in the budget to hire someone for each separate task, and the owner — or co-founders — have to take an active role in areas which may not be their specialty. All of these different tasks are a suck on time – and time is a precious commodity. [Read more...]

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Deceitful Aisles: Navigating Grocery Spending Traps

Monday 08.13.2012 , Posted by

How you ever wondered about the supermarket… you know, really wondered why it’s set up the way that it is? Why are some things placed where they are? All around us are marketing ploys (10 for $10), coupons, music selection, and sample stations. There are some super obvious tactics being used by supermarkets to trick us into shopping the way they want us to, hopefully so we’ll spend more money. There are also some secret design maneuvers being used in order to perfectly manipulate us into their superfluous spending ways. [Read more...]

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How to Destroy Your Productivity at Work

Saturday 08.04.2012 , Posted by

The thing about destroying productivity is that you barely have to try to make it happen. Our world has become inundated with ways to thwart productivity, and many of these faults lie in bed with your everyday work habits. One of the most surprising things to be found from this infographic is that a study from The British Institute of Psychiatry showed that checking your email while performing another creative task decreases your IQ in the moment by 10 points – which is the equivalent of not sleeping for 36 hours. When you think about it, how often does this happen in your everyday life? Even reading this article right now, you’re probably doing a combination of these productivity destroyers that could hinder you from even reaching the end of this sentence. [Read more...]

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Top-Level Domain Names and the Future of the Internet

Saturday 07.28.2012 , Posted by

The future of the Internet lies in the realm of expansion. Just like computers have been, the Internet has been evolving for decades. Years ago, computers took up the entire floors of buildings, and now they occupy our front pocket with more processing power than those ancient dinosaurs. The Internet is becoming a far more sophisticated place as well. With so many different types of websites and businesses out there, the need to expand top-level domain names has finally come upon us. [Read more...]

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How Your Favorite Sites Are Using Your Data

Tuesday 07.24.2012 , Posted by

The rise of social sharing sites has brought about an interesting change in how our data is being used. All of the different sites you frequent on a daily basis are actively gathering facts about you. You may have noticed that when you were searching for a perfect new summer tank top on Urban Outfitters, that when you left to check other websites those same tank tops started following you in ads on those new sites. Social networks are betting on a future built on a personalized web, an Internet paradise filled with items the virtual you will be more apt to share, pin, tweet, or “like.” [Read more...]

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The Race For Gold

Saturday 07.21.2012 , Posted by

The 2012 London Olympics are just 7 days away, and Olympians from around the world are gearing up for the competition. Athletes are completing their final warm-ups, settling into their new living quarters, and eagerly awaiting the massive crowds to fill all the different venues of the Olympic Park. Some of them have accomplished Olympic glory before, while others have spent their entire lives training for this once in a lifetime opportunity. While athletes in various events all have earning potential, there are certain events that garner the most lucrative pay-outs.  [Read more...]

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The Mythology of Mobile Payments

Thursday 07.19.2012 , Posted by

Myths can affect the way people go about their daily lives. Not only can it keep them from enjoying leisure activities like swimming after eating, drinking water out of plastic bottles, and believing their wishes will come true when made at 11:11; it can also have an effect on them adopting new forms of technology. These myths about technology are keeping Americans from making the jump to mobile payments — even though nearly half of them are smartphone users. [Read more...]

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Made for TV: Television’s Most Excellent Roommates

Tuesday 07.17.2012 , Posted by

We’ve all had our fair share of roommates. Having the right one can enhance your life tremendously, and account for hours and hours of ridiculous conversation and hilarious hijinks. Being stuck with the wrong roommate can turn your life into an awkward living hell, where the torment of not getting along, mixed with the continuous stream of passive aggressive notes about inconsequential things, will drive you to the brink of jumping straight off a bridge. Because of these polar extremes, roommates have always made great content for television. [Read more...]

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Americans Rate Their Utility Companies

Friday 07.13.2012 , Posted by

There are choices for many things in life. We can choose to not have a cell phone, delete our Facebook account, never fully understand Twitter, buy our dogs ridiculously priced sweaters and treats, complain about politics, or quit our jobs to move halfway across the world to a beach in Thailand to completely start over and live in boardshorts. But, there is one thing — unless you live completely off the grid — that we don’t have a choice in, and that’s dealing with a utility company. So how do Americans feel about their power company? And how does that change depending on what company they use and whether they use solar or grid power? [Read more...]

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