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Gestalt Principles for Information Design

<i>By Lucia Wang</i> A widely known psychology theory in the design community, Gestalt principles describe the way our brain makes sense of visual …

Infographics

The Ultimate Guide to Slopegraphs in Excel

I’m not going to lie to you, the first time I saw a Slopegraph I was completely underwhelmed, I thought “<i>it’s a line chart with only two points,</i> …

A Step-by-Step Guide to Advanced Data Visualization in Excel 2010

As a reader of this blog, you probably know I use Microsoft Excel for a lot of my data visualization needs. Excel is easy to use, everyone has it, …

How to create an annotated line graph in Google Sheets

This post looks at how to create a more advanced line graph in Google Sheets, with comparison lines and annotations, so that the viewer can absorb …

The Future of Manufacturing with Data Analytics and Machine Learning

For decades, industrial control systems have been generating enormous volumes of data, but in many cases that data hasn’t been fully employed to help …

Canva’s Ultimate Guide to Font Pairing

<i>Choosing one typeface isn’t so hard, but how do you choose a pair, or maybe three?</i>Whether you know it or not, different font combinations create …

Typography

Coffee and Wine. Same or different?

Breaking down the similarities between two of our favorite drinkables<p>As access to both good coffee and wine has increased throughout the world, …

Coffee

Relatable Illustrations Hilariously Reveal the Difficulties of Adulthood

When you're a kid, it's normal to dream about the freedom of adulthood. When you actually become an adult… you quickly realize that being a grown-up isn't always a walk in the park. There are moments in adulthood that are equal parts difficult and hilarious, and since laughter tends to be the best …

Drawing

72 Hours in New Orleans

Food, booze and music is the universal equation for a good time, and the Crescent City mastered it centuries ago. Wedged in by the tail of the mighty …

23 Must-Do Hikes in the National Parks

Photo: Michael Matti<p>You can't see all the beauty of the National Parks from your car or the visitor center. You need to hit the trail and get into the wild to really capture all that the parks have to offer. Take a look at this list, lace up your hiking boots, and start planning your next hiking …

How to Expand Your Vocabulary

As copyeditor here at Gear Patrol, I’m responsible for the words. All the words. All the thousands of words that you read every day (if you’re loyal) …

How to Take Your Kids on Outdoor Adventures

Having a baby can make you feel tied to your house, with sleep routines, diaper bags and everything else that comes with the little bundle (of joy). …

Becoming a More Thoughtful User Experience Designer

<b>A simple experience that opened my eyes to new possibilities took the form of a 170px smiley face.</b> After a stressful day, I attempted to clear my …

UX Design

The Touchjet WAVE Turns Your TV Into a Touchscreen

Squint no more with this new device by Touchjet.<p>Bay Area-based tech firm Touchjet is on a mission to bring tactile technology to the masses. After rolling out the Pond portable touch-sensitive projector, the brand is also gearing up to launch the WAVE, a peripheral that turns any TV into a giant …

Gear & Gadgets

38 Of The Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes Ever

No one can deny the power of a good quote. They motivate and inspire us to be our best.<p><b>Here are 38 of my absolute favorites:</b><p>1. “I alone cannot change …

insideBIGDATA Guide to Manufacturing - insideBIGDATA

In this new <i>insideBIGDATA Guide to Manufacturing,</i> the goal is to provide enterprise thought leaders in the manufacturing sector ways to obtain greater …

The Urban Death Project: Designing A Better Way To Die

With her Urban Death centers, Katrina Spade wants to create a more environmentally sustainable way to die. Morbid or brilliant?<p>In her thirties, Katrina Spade* started thinking about death. She wondered what her parents would do with her body if she were to die and realized she had no idea. In …

8,024 Post-It Notes Cover Drab Office Walls in Pixelated Superheroes

Ben Brucker's office was a sight that many of us are used to – rows of desks with boring, drab walls. Even though he works at a creative agency in San Francisco, decor-wise, the space left much to be desired. That's when the graphic designer had a fantastic idea to liven up the office. After …

San Francisco

This Insane Video Game Puts Pac-Man, Pong, and Space Invaders In A Blender

And it’s somehow better than all of them put together.<p>Among gamers, every video game is ultimately described as a mash-up of game titles. For example: “It’s like <i>Doom</i> and <i>Sim City</i> and <i>Flappy Bird</i>, smashed together and served to you on a plate with your gonads as a garnish!” Usually, these descriptions …

Super Creative Drawings on Paper

Husk Mit Navn is a Danish artist who lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. Husk started this series of making really cool and creative drawings …

How to Make a Dark ‘n Stormy, Bermuda’s Cocktail

The Dark ‘n Stormy is Bermuda’s National Cocktail and has been inducted into the Cocktail Hall of Fame. It’s also trademarked by Gosling’s, meaning a …

The 11 best Irish pubs in San Francisco

Starting at the corner of Market and 2nd Street and running to Civic Center Plaza, the parade calls for an all-day celebration.<p>Whether you want to fuel up before the parade or avoid the mayhem somewhere quiet, there are plenty of Irish pubs you can visit to get in the spirit today.<p>Our friends at …

Ireland

The Great American Beer Session

What is a session beer? From 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. on a recent Wednesday night, this question became an obsession — an increasingly fuzzy dragon to …

Beer

A Penthouse Renovation with Views of Israel’s Northern Coast

Located on the top of Mt. Carmel with panoramic views of Haifa Bay and the northern coast of Israel, the Haifa Penthouse received a major renovation, …

Living Rooms

What’s Lean?

Lean is an apparently easy term to remember, but a rather difficult concept to understand accurately. Many executives worldwide still think the real …

Data Mining and Machine Learning Overview

UCSC Extension Winter 2014 – Course 2612<p>Introduction to Machine Learning and Data Mining — Patricia Hoffman, PhD<p>Week 1: Summary/Notes by Michelle …

Computing on the Go: Part 1

Intro<p>For years now, efficient middleware solutions have been implemented mainly in C++. Because no other language allowed using high-level …

15 Simple Moves That Will Change Your Career

"Work-life balance" is like the flossing of life skills. Everyone talks about how incredibly important it is, but pretty much nobody's doing it. But, …