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The History of the Christmas Tree — Infographic

The Christmas Tree Deconstructed

Less than a week away and many of us who celebrate already have our Christmas trees up and decorated.  I remember as a kid though, not seeing the tree, decorated or not until Christmas morning, because that was part of Santa’s magic and he always got our tree up and decorated (stringy tinsel and all!) when he visited on Christmas Eve.  Nowadays with my own kids, I take the burden off the big guy and take care of it myself.  But why and how did the tree become a mainstay of our holiday traditions and how has it changed over the years?  Today’s infographic from Christmas Tree Market shows you! [VIA]

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Posted by on December 19, 2016 in Infographics

 

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Psychology of Colors — Infographic

Psychology of Colors in Marketing

While this infographic by Louise Myers keys in on the marketing aspect of color choices, it is very interesting from the psychology standpoint as well.  If you want to ignore the use in marketing, or emphasize that as a product of psychology and mind manipulation, this is an interesting study in how we use and make associations based on colors.  [VIA]

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Posted by on December 12, 2016 in Infographics

 

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The History of Cheese — Infographic

The History of Cheese

If I had a nickel for every time I was called a mouse for my love of cheese, I would have retired a billionaire about 10 years ago!  Today’s infographic details the long history of cheese and cheese products in the world.  From the (as far as I can find), now defunct Yankee Hollow cheese subscription service, this is still a wonderful walk through — I just need some crackers! [VIA]

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Posted by on December 7, 2016 in Infographics

 

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Breaking Your Creative Block — Infographic

Breaking Your Creative Block

No matter what it is you are trying to do — write, draw, paint, engineer — at one time or another you’ve encountered a little mind block.  Don’t worry though, they are very easy to overcome (even if it doesn’t happen as fast as we would like sometimes).  The folks at Creative Market have come up with a wonderful infographic to give you 40 ideas to try and help you overcome whatever mental block you are having and get back to creating all your wonderful things.  [VIA]

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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in Infographics

 

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School Lunch from Around the World — Infographic

School Lunch From Around the World

I can’t help it, I love to eat, but not always the school lunches we get here at work.  I know that the kids feel the same way too.  I think what’s a little off-putting is that I can remember eating basically the same things we have now as I did when I was a student more years ago than I would like to admit.  The more you think about it, however, the more it turns out that we have an American “traditional” school lunch, since the basics (PB&J, chicken nuggets, meatloaf, chicken patty, etc.) have remained unchanged for so long and is pretty standard across the country.  Today’s infographic shares a few of the traditional school lunches from other nations, as all have traditional staples and foods in not only schools, but at home.  It does make me wonder if these students get as sick of their selections as American students though.  [VIA]

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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in Infographics

 

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7 Times Tech Almost Ended the World — Infographic

7 Times Technology Almost Ended the World

“The importance of thoroughly testing new technology is highlighted in this infographic. We take a light-hearted, yet terrifying look at how close the human race has come to destroying all life on planet earth.”

This infographic from Hudman Solutions is a very interesting look at just how close we’ve come to being wiped out here on planet Earth.  While these aren’t necessarily the whole place goes boom events, it is scary to think that we were mere minutes away from the total destruction of civilization as we know it — especially when it comes to nuclear tech! [VIA]

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Posted by on December 1, 2016 in Infographics

 

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How To Think Visually — Infographic

How to Think Visually

One of the most effective ways to present data and information is by using visual aids.  This is why infographics are so popular!  Did you realize just how many options there are, however?  I am sure you and your students are familiar with many of these methods presented below. We tend to fall into a rut sometimes however, sticking to those visuals we find comfortable while there might be better methods to present the data and this might give you some alternative ideas.  Anna Vital has created this wonderful visual to present different visual presentations (talk about meta!).  Make sure you visit her page here as she also summarizes each of the 72 visual analogies presented and how to best use them in presenting information.

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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Infographics

 

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