Gamechangers: Honoring Content Creators Breaking Away from the Norm

I have no memories of the days of giant ad agencies, martini lunches, and art departments that actually used sketch books to create ads. I never had anyone like Don Draper as a boss. I wasn’t even alive in those golden days of huge budgets and captive audiences. Times have changed—dramatically—since the advent of instant communications, online video, Google analytics, and follower counts. Things are more efficient than ever but somehow often more ineffective than ever.

Visual Bits #423 > It’s A Viral Video Party!

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Vatican City Explained in 7 Minutes

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In yet another amusing and educational video created by C.G.P. Grey: Vatican City Explained was released yesterday on his youtube channel. Grey has done videos explaining all sorts of subjects including elections, the difference between Great Britain and England, Coffee, and if Texas can secede from the Union.

Visual Bits #307 > The Old And The New: Election 2012

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Earth’s History in 2 Minutes

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Let’s start with the fact that this was done by a 19 year old. Then we can add that he is in a beginners video production class. Then lets add that he was able to find all of these photos with quick and easy internet searches for photos. Now add to the whole picture that after he uploaded the video, in three months he received over 1 million views. It is a different world from when older generations used linear editing systems.

It Is So Not Cool To Be Cool: Future Hipster

Here at Visual News we love to keep up with the trends. Some may call it “Hipster”…but we’d rather not label ourselves. This YouTube video, “Future Hipsters,” has received over 300,000 views since it was posted on February 7th…so we decided to get in on the action. If you haven’t already seen the video, you need to. It is a hilarious prediction of what will come of the hipsters in the year 2062! If shockingly enough you are not familiar with the term, Urban Dictionary might help you understand:

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!

Internet Vices: If Social Media Was A Drug

While social media may not be as addictive as hard drugs (at least not yet), a comparison between the two isn’t that far off. Patrick Moberg’s witty ‘Internet Vices‘ looks at some major hubs of the internet and cleverly compares each to a known drug… habit forming effects and all. See more of Moberg’s illustration work at patrickmoberg.com.

Visualized: Your Content Is Their Profit

While many people are concerned about privacy online and how their information is shared, what many people don’t know is that their user generated content (UGC) is often monitized by the site to which they upload it. That amazing video of your cat doing yoga or the chart topping song you wrote for your signifigant other? The social networking site hosting the content often has permission to automatically make money off the very content you spent long hours creating. This infographic, created by mycube.com, looks at the various popular websites, from Linkedin to Facebook and the vast amount of UGC that they hold… then it looks at the amount they might be pulling in from our work.

Quirky Cartoons Re-Imagine Famous Websites

What would happen if we took the meanings behind some of our favorite websites really literally? You might end up with the quirky Moleskine sketches of Mattias Adolfsson. His big headed character features in much of his sketches which you can see on behance.net… and for something completely different, check out his Baroque re-imagining of Star Wars.