Data + Design Project

The Changing Lives of Arab Youth

Friday 06.01.2012 , Posted by

Life in the Arab world has not been the same since the Arab Spring uprisings began in Tunisia a year and a half ago. The Arab Spring spread through neighboring countries, carving out the destructive paths of rebels and insurgents fighting against the various governments. These upheavals have changed the economic and political landscape of the Arab world for years to come, with corrupt leaders and harsh dictators being removed from power after decades of rule. The question posed here: where does this leave the youth of the Arab world? [Read more...]

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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 Price of Free: What’s the Freemium Economy About?

Wednesday 05.23.2012 , Posted by

There are tons of great things out in the tech world right now that are free: social networking sites, productivity apps, games, and music sites are all jumping on the bandwagon. What exactly is freemium, and how does a business plan like this ever expect to make money? Freemium is a portmanteau of “free” and “premium,” and is a marketing model based on the idea of charging absolutely nothing for a basic product or service — and the Android and iPhone app stores are filled with them. [Read more...]

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Working Out In The Workplace

Tuesday 05.22.2012 , Posted by

It’s no secret that Americans spend quite a bit of time at their desk while they’re at work, but did you realize that it’s close to roughly a third of their entire time spent there? Exercise is a vital and important aspect of a healthy lifestyle and anything you can do to keep yourself fit will help you out in the long run. Just because you’re in a cubicle and not out on the field or court doesn’t mean there still aren’t things you can do at work to stay fit. [Read more...]

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Self-Learning: The New Master’s Degree

Saturday 05.19.2012 , Posted by

The free wheeling heydays of paying 100s of thousands of dollars for an education while driving around with the top down screaming, “Money ain’t a thang,” times may soon be over. People are getting tired of paying an exorbitant amount of money for a quality education — and not even the best in the world. Employers are starting to care less and less about your degree, or where you went to school; but, more about the actual skills you possess. Self-learning is becoming the new way to advance your education, learn new skills, and may become the master’s degree of the future.
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5 Strange Signs The Economy Is Improving

Friday 05.04.2012 , Posted by

Normally when people think about the economy improving they refer back to the housing market and consumer confidence index for support on the matter. Instead of sifting through all of that coma-inducing economic data, take a second to think about these weird signs of unexpected economic recovery: men are buying new underwear, RV manufacturers are doing better, more couples are splitting up, facelifts are seeing a lift, and utilities are losing their best customers. [Read more...]

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Bites For Busy Bodies

Wednesday 05.02.2012 , Posted by

We all know that gorging on chocolate bars, Mountain Dew and Tapatio flavored Doritos aren’t the best snack options for us, but snacking doesn’t fully deserve the bad rap those delicious — but totally unhealthy — snacks named above are giving it. A busy lifestyle has come to define American culture and our collective eating habits and, as we snack more today than ever before, we need to start making the right choices to keep our energy level up throughout the day. [Read more...]

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How Is The Newspaper Industry Trying to Save Itself?

Wednesday 04.25.2012 , Posted by

The newspaper industry has been witnessing its profit margins continue to drop over the past few years. They previously supported themselves through the old model of traditional delivery, on-street display and classified print advertisements, but as the digital landscape continues to grow, newspapers are quickly falling behind — with more than half of the industry’s ad revenue decreasing over the past few years. Check out this graphic to see what they’re doing to stop this loss of revenue, and take a look at their gradual move towards new profit models. [Read more...]

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A Family Tree of Creative Business Neighbors

Tuesday 04.24.2012 , Posted by

When you work among nearly 70 creative businesses, individuals and organizations — from a BBC office to a playhouse and even a life drawing school — what do you do to introduce everyone? Create a beautiful infographic of course! Split recently produced a family tree of their very creative neighbors for the first ever Quarry Hill Social, an event designed to not only raise public awareness but also foster relationships between the many highly crafty and cultural businesses tucked into Quarry Hill in Leeds U.K. [Read more...]

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The Cost of Bad Buy/Sell Decisions

Thursday 04.19.2012 , Posted by

Despite popular Hollywood portrayals of how investing works — a smart suit and someone with the last name Sheen or Douglas usually does the trick — research shows that most of us still try to time the market, typically resulting in buying high and selling low. No one likes being told they’re wrong or that they don’t have a grasp on the situation, but this graphic could be helpful in examining why many of our buy/sell decisions are wrong, why they cause damage to our portfolios, and how there can be better ways to invest for maximum returns over the long run. [Read more...]

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