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A Switch in Time

Daylight Saving Time (DST) officially ends tomorrow and everyone in my little corner of the world will set their clocks back and get a well-deserved extra hour of sleep. We all know that this odd modern ritual is suppose to save energy (or candle wax or some such thing) but just how does …

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Signs of Sanity

I dragged my family to the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, D.C. yesterday and we saw a lot of great signs. Some of my favorites also managed to bring in some chart humor: The Huffington Post appears to have the best — or at least the biggest …

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Nudge, Nudge

A recent Wired article discussed the dangers of trying to influence users through nudging — the practice of structuring a person’s choices in such a way as to get a desired result. It highlighted one of the key dynamics facing today’s high-tech companies as they shift from relatively independent creators of “whiz-bang” …

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Humanizing the Big Numbers

This recent article from Fast Company provides some great examples of how to make the statistics of big numbers more meaningful to the average person. This is a great skill to hone. Relating events or ideas to common human experiences helps make these things more easy to to understand and leads …

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How to Make an Ice Cream ‘Slider’

This blog is intended to serve as a platform for learning about information graphics and showcasing some of my work. So where are the pictures, you say? Actually, it has proven to be more difficult than I thought it would to get started so I’ve decided to go for something simple to get …

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Channel Surfing Ain’t What it Used to Be

As I was flipping through the stations on the TV the other day, I became particularly aware of the slight delay between the time I pressed the button on the remote and the actual change of the channel. This is one of those minor annoyances that shouldn’t bother anyone but …

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A KISS isn’t Always Just a Kiss

One of the first design principles I remember learning in architecture school was the acronym KISS or ‘keep it simple, stupid.’ The professor who said this phrase clearly intended it to serve as a warning to students not to bite off more than they could chew. Not exactly a vote …