The big picture

Work/Life Balance

Does your work bring you joy? As this infographic shows, happiness on the job is complex with different factors in effect, from independence to benefits or corporate culture. It’s surprising to see that among the happiest jobs in America are a biotechnologist, customer service rep, and buyer. Nice that teachers are among the top 5.

Life as Blueprint

Artist Minjeong Ahn creates amazingly detailed, complex personal portraits, rendered as precise blueprints. The blueprints show the organic and messy composition of the human body and emotions in objective shapes and lines, with call-outs to function (sharpening pencils with the left hand), and subjective observations (rough and bony hands). Her diagrams highlight the complexity and strength of human life.

Infographic World

Long before the current buzz around infographics, Bauhaus designer Herbert Bayer was paving the way for thinking of information and data in a visual way. Stephen Heller writes about Bayer’s seminal World Geographic Atlas, published in 1953. In it, Bayer and his team visualized complex information on the solar system, topography, and climate change, forever altering the way these and other concepts were considered.

Visualizing for Good

Even with a great mission for a relevant cause, many nonprofits would benefit from a little help communicating their purpose. Sparkwise is a new system aiming to help nonprofits and activists do just that – communicate better, via data visualization and outreach. The platform is well-designed, open-source and free. It includes tools for translating organization’s information, history, and spreadsheets of data into beautiful visualized presentations, making it easy for nonprofits to better tell their stories.

City Sound

Living in a city, we often don’t realize how much sound fills and impacts our environment. This visualization makes the soundscape of Jerusalem a reality – showing how the sounds of sirens, church bells, and calls to prayer radiate and overlap, revealing some of the tensions of the city from a distance.

Shadow Type

An installation at the Freemote Electronic Arts and Installation Festival in Utrecht cast visitor’s shadows on a wall in text. The work, by Istanbul design studio Nota Bene, displayed text on the floor with moral and ethical quandaries. When visitors stepped into the display, their own shadow appeared on the wall with projected text. This video shows the experience.

Work it Out

Many of us spend a good deal of our lives at work, but sometimes environmental or behavioral considerations are afterthoughts to the work itself. Luckily at Wert, we have a beautiful, light-filled & comfortable space, but some are not so lucky. An infographic shows how recommendations for wellness in the workplace – from the building to your desk, and some suggested behavior changes, like “Walking Meetings” and healthy snacking options – can improve performance and loyalty on the job.

Timelines of Design

History will repeat itself, but in order to make change, its essential to know what came before. Several design timelines are worth checking out to fine tune your historical design knowledge, among them Phaidon’s three book tome on industrial design, Design Classics (available as an iPad app as well.) Or, peruse advertising’s key moments in the last 50 years via D&AD’s timeline. And the interactive, informative Design History Timeline shows seminal moments in history, layered with impactful moments in design (like the design of Helvetica).

Big Time

The first (accurate) atomic clock, designed by Louis Essen at the National Physical Laboratory in 1955, occupied most of a large room. The Long Now Foundation’s 10,000 year clock, which aims to keep accurate time without any power source other than elbow grease ’til the year 12,000, will take up most of a mountain.

The brainchild of Stewart Brand, founder of The Whole Earth Catalog, and designer Danny Hillis, the big clock’s mix of best of the old/best of the new technology is being brought to bear to ensure its durability, maintainability, and safety from vandals without resorting to written instructions, warning labels, or necessitating any living intervention whatsoever. The clock is scheduled to be finished… soon.

(Image via Long Now Foundation)

An Extra Two Hours

Maybe you only have two minutes to spare – maybe not. (Can you at least sit still for two minutes?)

We all have said it – “If only I have more time, I’d…” read more books, workout, volunteer, etc. This lovely infographic reveals some of the most common answers to the question of “What would you do with an extra 2 hours in your day?”. Thirty-five percent would spend that time having guests over for dinner; 54% of Americans would put that time toward starting their own business. What would you do with a little extra time?

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