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NYT: Behind the scenes of a live World Cup

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NYT: Top World Cup players on Facebook

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Millions of people around the world have been actively supporting – or complaining about – their favorite teams and players. Below, players are sized according to the number of mentions on Facebook during each day of the World Cup.

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NYT: The evolution of the World Cup Ball

Fascinating photographs by Jens Heilmann, a German photographer, are used in this nytimes.com’s interactive timeline showing the evolution of the world cup ball since 1930. Accompanying the photo of each ball is a short story of why it is significant. If you are in the mood for it, you can also watch the video of the photographer talking about this project below.

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NYT: driving shifts into reverse

The intriguing chart from nytimes.com shows the correlation between gas prices and miles driven per capita each year. It is a bit hard to to decipher at first, but once you get it, you will see that it shows some very interesting patterns.

This chart reminds me of an interactive chart I created a while ago that shows correlation between oil prices and oil consumption.

NYT driving shifts into reverse

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The 7½ steps to successful infographics by Sarah Slobin

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I had a chance to work with Sarah when I was an intern at The New York Times in 2006. I later became a graphics editor in the business section when she left to go to Fortune Magazine. Although my experience with Sarah was brief, I heard many good things about her from the people she were in charge of at the business graphics desk. Sarah, with over 20 years of experience, wrote this entertaining and detailed guide to designing successful infographics. The guide reveals all the intricacies of creating an infographics, from idea generation through data gathering and finally, design of the final product. Sarah in her own words:

You know when you’ve been doing something for a long time and it gets ingrained? For me, that’s infographics. I’ve created a lot of chartage over the last 20 years…

…So here I am, pulling over. I’m going to deconstruct some of what I know and share my 7 ½ Secrets to Successful Infographics. Get comfortable. Get a cup of coffee. (Get me one while you’re at it?) Feel free to read this in any order you like. Or if you’re lazy, I mean busy, just read some of it. But keep this link around, because you never know…

Facebook privacy: a bewildering tangle of options

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The answer is in the stars

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I browsed through my old computer the other day and found this piece. It is the first assignment I worked on when I was an intern at The New York Times in the summer of 2006.

Karakuri are mechanical puzzle boxes created by Akio Kamei, a Japanese puzzle designer. The artist in his own words:

At first I began to create wooden boxes with an idea of a secret box and then looked for a broader meaning. I gave it the name “Karakuri box” (trick box) rather than the secret box. Finally “Karakuri box” (trick box) was born. The trick box which you open yourself, can’t be opened if you don’t enjoy humor. Someone who has no experience with trick boxes and others who have many experiences, toe the same line. Sometimes the knowledge or the experience disturb his trial. I’m usually thinking about how I can deceive people with my puzzles. And so I wonder if my personality has come out in my work.

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