Serif vs. Sans [infographic]

April 13, 2014 |  by  |  Education, Internet  |  No Comments
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A composition written with the intention of sharing an idea to a broad audience should have the immediate focus be the message, not necessarily the writing style or formatting. This is a concept often forgone in world of media exposure. Advertisements, blogs, newsfeeds, email, and other forms of easily consumed information we’re bombarded with intentionally draw this attention toward stylistic variance and recognition, so as to instill a presence within a written work without having much, or any true content.

This recurring equation for convenient content will waste an audience’s time, and rob them of information, in a somewhat-deceptive way. A variety of techniques can be used to either add to the impact of meaning, or detract from it. One method for enhancing a message is to make sure the script itself is palatable to the eye, and not an interfering factor. Here, font and structure play an integral role in the flavor of a message.

Choosing font styles while creating an emblem of communication will have an incredible influence on the reader. I don’t remember ever using fonts like “Windings” or the ever berated “Comic Sans” for any sort of writing I’ve ever done, aren’t I cool?

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The Psychology of Lying [infographic]

April 12, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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There was this really short period in my life when I believed my nose would grow if I didn’t tell the truth. Thankfully I realized Pinnochio was a puppet, and sometimes it’s okay to lie. If you say you never lie, you’re probably lying.

Telling lies is something we do on a daily basis. And there are many reasons we tell them, some small and some big. We lie to stay out of trouble. We lie to get out of doing things or going places. We lie to be malicious. We lie to conceal the truth. We lie to feel better about ourselves. We lie to spare someone’s feelings. We lie to make people happy. We lie because we can. It’s not always a bad thing though. Someone once lied to me on my birthday, because there was a surprise party waiting at my house. Those lies made my night.

I was kind of afraid to lie when I was younger, and it was because I always got caught. I’m really not the best liar; I actually try to be completely honest. Well maybe not completely… I have a fantastic poker face.

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Where Does Money Go [infographic]

April 11, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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I imagine every other person on earth strives to be one way, different. I even bet I’m siding with the majority in admitting that I am terrified of the traditional career, family and debt formula. Alas, I worry no matter how much I worry and run away from this model, I will one day succumb.

I am positive that I have the ability will acquire a high paying job, thus afford a decent house and car. Most adults will tell me that that is the life to want, a dull lifeless life full of tour guide lead vacations, television, and pee-wee soccer games. I am as privileged as the next pretty white girl. I must say, I am not thankful for it. How I wish I could have to work hard for something, I want some sort of trouble in my life. So far everything has been handed to me on a silver platter, and I see no change in the future.

Unless I move to South Korea to teach English. This is where my big choice lies. Stay here and become another blind consumer, or move to South Korea and actually experience something difficult and scary. [via]

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The Shapes Of Stories by Vonnegut [infographic]

April 10, 2014 |  by  |  Entertainment  |  1 Comment
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Leave it to Kurt Vonnegut to point out something that seems like it should have been painfully obvious. I’ve spent a lot of time sitting in class looking at sine waves, but never did I look at one and think “Yeah, that’s pretty much life”.

Most of us have probably heard that Albert Einstein quote, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”. Funny enough, not only does Vonnegut look eerily similar to Einstein, but he is a master of this principle. If you do a quick Google search for “Kurt Vonnegut’s writing advice”, you’ll see that almost all the tips he has pretty much boil down to: say as much as you can with as few words as possible. Some things are very strong in their simplicity, and though this isn’t a universal rule, Vonnegut certainly has proven how far a little restraint can go.

Even though Vonnegut is known to be pretty straightforward he’s also a very funny guy. Be sure to check out this video of Vonnegut himself explaining the shapes you see in this infographic.

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100 Years of Rock Visualized [infographic]

April 9, 2014 |  by  |  Music  |  No Comments
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If you’ve been keeping up with the trends then you’ve probably moved on from Vaporwave and have started listening to Beach Goth by this point. If not you’re probably very confused, maybe even angry that people are coining such ridiculous names and you’ve only just now started listening to Witch House (c’mon it’s 2014 get with the times).

With people exclaiming “Punk is dead!” while being nostalgic for the “real hip-hop” they weren’t even around for, it’s easy to see why someone would get the impression that this is all very silly and pointless. So what is the point? Well there’s the notion that these labels help describe the music, but even that has a tendency to fall short and totally give someone a wrong impression of an artist before they ever get the chance to listen to them.

As demonstrated by this infographic, at least one saving grace of genre labels is their use in archiving music history. That way we can look back and have a word like “Disco” to call those simultaneously awful/amazing things that were happening in the 80′s. Notice the gap of new genre’s approaching the 2000′s. It’s not because there weren’t any. Just give it some more time for the critics and journalists to agree on what was good, what was not, and what to call it.

Be sure to click the link below for the full sized interactive version.

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