Pop-Up Restaurants: They’re Here to Stay

People are aware that the restaurant industry is massive — to the tune of $372 billion a year — but, what they may not be aware of is that a quarter of these restaurants fail within the first year, and 60% fail by their third year. This rate of failure has driven some cutting edge chefs and restaurant financiers to seek out new investment opportunities.  The pop-up restaurant trend was inspired by supper clubs, and first started in London in the mid-2000s as “happenings”. A cheaper investment upfront coupled with the opportunity for constant reinvention and chance-taking make pop-up restaurants ideal for restaurant financiers and chefs looking for a new investment.

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Grill Master: A Foolproof Guide to Grilling

We’ve all been there before: You cut into your seemingly medium-cooked, char-broiled burger only to find it’s still a little too pink inside. What gives? Many things can affect how long it takes to properly grill perfectly moist and tender meats, seafood, and vegetables. Take the guesswork out of grilling with this guide to average cook times. The guide provides average times for a wide variety of beef, poultry, pork, and vegetable items you might plan on throwing on the grill this summer—all you’ll need is a watch and a meat thermometer.

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The Pattern in Weather Patterns

While everyone else uses the weather as small talk, one design agency decided to turn the topic into an artistic data visualization. CLEVER°FRANKE, a design agency located in the Netherlands, used a year’s worth of weather pattern data and visualized it. What they found were interesting patterns in something we all experience the effects of every day, but which we don’t usually notice. If someone didn’t take the time to visualize it, we would never see these interesting patterns.

Airbnb’s Global Growth: Visualizing The Journey

Few new businesses have been received with as much excitement as the world-wide private accommodation renting Airbnb… and no wonder, the site has literally exploded with activity in the last two years. This absolutely gorgeous new graphic by design whiz Kelli Anderson, looks at the growth of the massively successful company, which now allows you to rent over 19,000 exciting locations in 192 countries. If this doesn’t give you the travel bug, nothing will.

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Mappable 3D Data Visualizations in Real-Time

If you ever get tired of boring, flat charts in a presentation, then you may want to look at them in 3D and 4D.  An new application called DataAppeal could make the lives of researchers, students, developers, governments, and business representatives much easier; and their data much more understandable. DataAppeal is web-based application, based off of GoogleMaps, that allows the user to map and complete geographic analysis using data, and visualize it in 3D and 4D models. It allows people to represent data in a new way that makes it easier to understand and actually see. Nadia Amoroso, one of the creators of the application says “[DataAppeal] allows the transformation and interpretation of information to be intuitive, understandable, straightforward and fun.” Amoroso answered some of my questions below:

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Social Media Addicts Guide To The Social Universe

Everyone does it on some level.  Whether it is someone addicted to text messaging, your parents joining Facebook, or any other number of reasons someone is part of the social network, everyone seems to have their social network vices. Here’s a fun collection of 5 charts, illustrations and infographics for a laugh about the follies and truths of the social mediasphere.  Maybe with a little help from these charts, we’ll post all the right stuff in the right places!