Source: Terry Boyd, Terry Boyd: Chanukah, Thanksgiving, Rabbi Horovitz and the concept of ‘mitzvah’, Insider Louisville, November 24, 2013, http://insiderlouisville.com/metro/communities/chanukah/.
My wife, Harriet, is a big Fox Bones TV show fan (affectionately know as Boneheads) and watches it religiously, so I had to post this infographic for her.
In celebration of the recent 200th episode of Bones, an army of fans teamed up with Fox to create a by-the-numbers tribute to the show in a way only a true Bonehead could. In the infographic, exclusive to Mashable, this is particularly evident in section 5, “the relations for the shippers.”
As fans know, Booth and Brennan’s road to martial bliss and baby has been a long and rocky one, filled with, apparently, 44 hugs, 36 kisses and 41 declarations of love. There’s also a highly entertaining look at the trajectory of their relationship.
Almost more impressive, though, is the sheer amount of information included. Every murder, suspect and even murder weapon is accounted for (to the best of the fans’ abilities, based on information presented in every Bones episode.)
Check out the infographic, below; then someone get these number-crunchers a job at the Jeffersonian.
I hope you love this as much as my “Bonehead” wife (hmmm, somehow that does not sound good in print).
Source: Sandra Gonzalez, Fan-made ‘Bones’ infographic gives by-the-numbers breakdown of the show, Mashable.com, December 4, 2014, http://mashable.com/2014/12/04/bones-200-episodes-infographic/.
While purusing through Zite, I came across this blog post on the Design Instruct web site by Jacob Gube. Jacob is the co-founder and a managing editor of Design Instruct. He’s a web developer, and also the owner of Six Revisions. Follow Jacob on Twitter: @sixrevisions.
6 Ways to Increase the Visual Weight of Something
In a design composition, the visual weight of an object refers to how well it draws attention to itself compared to other components of the composition. The “heavier” the object is, the more eye-grabbing it is.
When creating a design, it’s a good idea to prioritize key elements in the visual space by giving them heavier visual weights. For example, things you might consider giving heavier visual weights to — so that they’re more easily seen by the viewer — are call-to-action buttons in a web design, or the subject of a photograph.
I’ll talk about a few tricks for increasing the visual weight of an object.
1. Give It a Different Color
When the color-contrast between an object and its surroundings (including its background) is high, the more able it is to garner our attention.
In the example above, notice how, even though the size, shape and margins of the stars are identical, the red star is able to get your attention simply because of how distinctive its color is compared to other elements in the composition.
2. Move It Away from Other Objects
One easy trick for increasing the visual weight of an object is distancing it from other objects. Adding plenty of negative space around the object separates it from other objects, which in turn makes the object stand out.
In the example above, look at how our eyes interpret the composition as two groups of rabbits: A big group of 12 rabbits and a small group consisting of only one rabbit. By being farther away from the others, the estranged rabbit is able to command our attention more than any other rabbit in the composition.
3. Make It Look Different
When things look alike, it’s naturally hard for us to differentiate them. So, quite simply, we can make the visual weight of an object heavier by making it look different from other objects.
Even a slight change in the style properties of an object can heavily influence its visual weight if objects in the composition look similar. In the above example, notice how the circle at the center of the first row is able to get our eyes’ attention compared to the other circles.
4. Point to It
A simple trick for increasing the visual weight of something is to direct the viewer’s eyes to it using visual queues such as arrows.
In the above example, check out how the visual weight of the house is increased because it’s surrounded by arrows that point to its location. No matter where our attention goes, we’re redirected to look at the house because of the arrows.
5. Make It Look Visually Complex
An ornate object attracts our eyes more when it’s set among simple and unadorned objects. We can make the appearance of an object complex by giving it textures, drop shadows, changing its shape, adding more color to it, and so forth.
In the example above, the multi-colored circle has the heaviest visual weight because the surrounding objects are styled plainly.
6. Make It Bigger
Making an object larger than the other objects around it will increase its visual weight. It’s a reasonable proposition: The more visual space an object takes up, the more visible it is.
In the example above, notice how our eyes are quickly drawn to the biggest heart . The only thing different with it is its size.
Visual weight is a simple but incredibly powerful design tool for strategically arranging elements so that more important elements are readily seen by our viewers.
What tricks do you use to increase the visual weight of an object? Share your advice in the comments.
For my generation, today was the day the music died with the senseless murder of John Lennon, one of the former Beatles.
I found this infographic by Ivan Ciro Palomino Huamaní, an infographic designer from Lima, Peru, with more than 10 years of experience and currently the Head of Infographics of the Epensa Group. Check out other work by Ivan here.
1. This 1973 lingerie store catalogue tells it like it is.
2. These Asthma Cigarettes are not recommended for children under six.
3. This ad, from Life magazine, 1956, promotes clothes for “chubby girls”.
4. This extreme vision of a bad hair day is from Charles Antell, a hair products manufacturer.
5. This anti-malaria medicine which also makes you fat hails from late 19th-century America.
6. This 1970s men’s clothing brand offered 23 ways to avoid getting married.
7. Cocaine for children? What could possibly go wrong?
8. This Marlboro ad uses cute babies to advertise cigarettes, because why not?
9. Having trouble parenting? TRY SOME BEER.
And my favorite:
10. If you’re Lucky Strike though, you go for Santa Claus.
When I played mallet percussion back in high school, I played Flight of the Bumble Bee on our Xylophone for a regional competition and won a second place finish. It was a tricky piece of music to play and took a lot of hand-key coordination. The data visualization above is the Flight of the Bumble Bee when you cross a histogram and piano keys to show note distribution of songs. It’s the Pianogram by JoeyCloud.Net. View examples such as Alla Turca or the classic Chopsticks, or punch in your own MIDI-formatted song for a taste of the distribution ivories.
Here’s the distribution for everyone’s favorite, Chopsticks.
Source: Jessi Hargett, Photohistory: Thanksgiving Food, Fun & Facts, The Collegian, Bob Jones University, November 15, 2012, http://www.collegianonline.com/2012/11/15/photostory-thanksgiving-food-fun-facts/.
We had a Technology Discovery Day the other day at work. I worked my way over to the folks from Adobe to try to get some questions answered. I have been an Adobe Flex and Flash user and wanted to know what my alternatives were going to be going forward with custom mobile report development for Apple products since they do not support Flash (actually, they really do, but don’t want us to know that).
I talked to one of the reps from Adobe and he told me to look at Adobe Brackets. I have downloaded and installed the Brackets editor and have been getting familiar with it.
Here is a brief overview of Adobe Brackets from their Creative Cloud Team. Once I become more proficient, I will blog more about it.
MicroStrategy, Tableau, Qlikview: Are you listening?
What is Brackets?
Introducing Extract for Brackets (preview)
This release also includes a preview of Extract for Brackets, a new Creative Cloud service that lets you view and get information and assets out of a PSD right from your text editor. Extract for Brackets lets you pull things like colors, fonts, measurement, gradients, and more from a PSD in the form of contextual code hints in CSS and HTML files. You can also extract layers as images, use information from the PSD to define preprocessor variables, and easily get dimensions between objects. Adobe is really excited about how it will improve the process of moving from design to development and speed workflows.
If you haven’t looked at Brackets in a while or are brand new to it, now is a great time to see the awesome stuff Adobe has been working on.
Brackets blends visual tools right into the editor so you get the right amount of help when you want it. In more recent releases, Adobe has added multiple cursors, split view, theme support, and many more fixes and enhancements.
Extract for Brackets (preview) can be downloaded as a standalone extension from the Brackets Extension Registry or included with Brackets 1.0 in a bundle that’s immediately available as a free download from brackets.io.
Paleolithic Diet Plan or Paleo Diet Plan
The paleolithic diet is also known as the caveman diet. It is an evolutionary diet that focuses on the food which humans had thousands of years ago.
What is paleo diet plan?
It is designed so as to emulate the diet of hominid species during palealithic era. In paleo diet plan one has to avoid the products unavailable in paleolithic era such as : dairy products, grains, legumes, processed oils, and refined sugar.
What are the benefits of paleo diet plan?
As paleo-style diet encourages us to take more fruits and vegetables, it indirectly helps to lower your sugar and sodium intakes. This is very helpful to build a lean, muscular physique.
Read More about benefits of paleo diet : http://eatdrinkpaleo.com.au/paleo-benefits/
What are the cons of paleo diet plan?
This diet is not sustainable without a solid meal plan. You should have a strong paleo meal diet plan before starting the diet. To ease your work, here is a healthy meal planner. We are including a a paleolithic diet infographic which is will be the perfect meal plan for your everyday routine.
Source: Health, Body and Beauty Tips
The Old World Language Families infographic from Stand Still Stay Silent Comic shows the “roots” of our modern languages. Follow each language’s path from bush to roots and discover how closely languages are related to each other.
Language trees for the language lovers! I’ve gathered pretty much all the data for this from ethnologue.com, which is an awesome well of information about language families. And if anyone finds some important language missing let me know! (Naturally most tiny languages didn’t make it on the graph, aww. There’s literally hundreds of them in the Indo-European family alone and I could only fit so many on this page, so most sub-1 mil. speaker languages that don’t have official status somewhere got the cut.)
Fantastic illustration that visualizes the evolution of all the modern languages! It’s a complex design that is intended for readers to dive deep and explore.
Knowing that the image itself will be shared as a stand-alone content piece, the image should include credits and links to the original site.