American Public Transportation [infographic]

January 16, 2012 |  by  |  Travel  |  No Comments
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We all use public transportation at some point our lives. Some people can’t stand being in a cramped area with tons of other people, I personally don’t mind. My brother just got back from New York City and told a few stories of the night time subway riders. My town, Austin, is voting on a commuter rail system this year. I hope it will pass because traffic is getting a little ridiculous down here. [Via]

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How to Forecast Weather Without Gadgets [infographic]

January 15, 2012 |  by  |  Environmental  |  3 Comments
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Yup, you guessed right: witchcraft.
And just your luck–in this day and age, you won’t be burned at the stake!

JUST kidding… forecasting weather isn’t all fun n’ games. It is an endeavor that’s been seriously undertaken since man turned his hand to reap the earth’s harvest. Often, people have set their ambitious gazes towards the sky. Color, cloud formations, and the direction of the wind are all foreshadowing sky phenomena.

Though we may call ourselves the most “advanced” of the earth-walking species, we lag far behind in the area of intuitively sensing change in the atmosphere. Other animals, especially birds, are much more in tune with the rumblings of future storms.

In that mystical period just before the rain, all animals become quiet in a literal “calm before the storm”. These behaviors–in both flora and fauna–are what we must observe to get a better grip on the “moods” of our environment. Let this infographic enlighten you on such a primal, crucial matter. (via)

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Guantanamo: Cuba’s Prison of Terror [infographic]

January 13, 2012 |  by  |  Crime, Politics  |  3 Comments
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Obama has kept a few of his promises, but maybe not all of them. I remember his platform of hope and change preaching the closure of Guantanamo Bay (the American super prison on Cuban soil that is famous for water-boarding and indefinite detention). What happened to that?

Todays’ infographic may surprise you. Since September 2008, 7 separate military prosecutors have resigned or requested reassignment because of the unjust Guantanamo military commissions. I’d hate to say that the Bush/Obama administration is not considering closing the Cuban Prison, but I have a sneaking suspicion it will be around for decades more.

Although the Bay may have only taken twelve million dollars to run in 2011 doesn’t mean that the 12 million dollars couldn’t be used more responsively. Putting that money back into the tax-payers hand could help boost our sagging economic state. [Via]

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Survival of the Fittest Cities [infographic]

January 11, 2012 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Today’s infographic is a perfect amalgam of two of my New Year’s resolutions: money management and fitness. And I suspect I am not alone. Changing out the calendar somehow lets us wipe the slate clean and vow that this, yes this, is our year. We will finally learn to maintain impeccable control over our finances and reach our goal weight. It isn’t realistic, but it is optimistic!

Following this idea, Mint.com tracked its user’s average gym spending by city to determine which cities spend more on average at the gym than others. This difference in spending could either be due to varying membership prices or members in the higher spending cities belonging to multiple gyms. It isn’t clear how the information should be interpreted. The infographic also examines how faithful gym members were throughout the year. While the graph shows only a minimal dip in gym spending activity as the year wanes, I wonder if that is more due to forgotten direct billing than actual attendance. [via]

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Glam Up Your Business Cards [infographic]

January 10, 2012 |  by  |  eCommerce, Marketing  |  1 Comment
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Many of my senior friends are getting jobs for next year. WHile I am not currently in this boat since grad school is in my future, finding a flashy, professional and creative business card template is a good way to make yourself memorable. In this harsh economy, with the hundreds of talented professionals in the workforce, standing out is a way to keep yourself in demand. And lets face it, who doesn’t want to be in demand?

This infographic is a great guide to creating your custom business cards. With a bunch of typefaces to narrow your font search, and then popular fonts within each typeface, the daunting task of picking a font becomes much easier. Choosing colors is another area to express creativity, but as the infographic states you should use the CYMK color mode for print, rather than RGB, which is used for web.

Another interesting idea is to use unconventional materials. These days, many creatives use materials such as wood, metal, magnet and meat or cookies! Get creative, infographers! [Via]

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