September 3, 2009
Good is a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits pushing the world forward. They have a non-profit magazine, great videos, and events for people who give a damn about the world we live in.
And thanks to David over at Information is beautiful I now also know that their magazine has a whole section on data/information visualisations
It’s under the heading Transparancy and there are some really good (and beautiful) stuf there – although as David points out most are US-based.
Here is a collage – inspired by David’s – of infographics that I liked the most:
August 26, 2009
I’ve discovered Education-Portal.com today and while I’m familiarising myself with the content and gems in the portal I stumbled across a posting that seems to fit what I’m trying to do at work (and for free no less!)
The post is question is called Don’t Pay for Technology: 25 Freebies for Students and here they are:
- Zoho Office – Zoho Office is an amazing suite of web-based productivity and collaboration tools. The suite includes free email, a word processor, a spreadsheet tool, a presentation creator and more.
- OpenOffice – The OpenOffice suite of tools can do all of the same things as the pricey Microsoft Office–for free.
- Adobe Buzzword – This free Adobe product is an online word processor that works just like a desktop processor–perfect for students who write academic papers and reports.
- Google Docs – Students can store, share, collaborate, and edit documents online with this free Google app.
- Primo Online – Primo Online is a free online creation service that allows users to create free PDF files. Primo supports a wide range of file types.
Research and Writing
- Schoolr – This meta search engine combines other academic search engines to make research faster and more efficient for students.
- Diigo – Diigo is an awesome tool for student researchers. It allows you to highlight and annotate specific portions of web pages. Highlighted info can be shared with other people and accessed from any phone or PC with an Internet connection.
- Ajax-Spell – This free spell checker makes it easy for students to catch misspellings in their writing.
- WordWeb – Designed for Windows users, this one-click thesaurus/dictionary works off-line but can also be used to look up words and information online. The free version of WordWeb can define a word in almost any program and provide information about the word’s root, pronunciation and synonyms.
- BibMe – BibMe allows students to cite sources and create bibliographies in a snap. This free bibliography maker auto-fills info for you in MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian formats.
Online Storage and Collaboration
- ADrive – Offering more than 50 GB of free storage, ADrive is one of the best places to upload and store files online. Files can also be edited online and shared with anyone who has an Internet connection.
- 4 Shared – This online storage site offers 5 GB of space to users who sign up for a free account. You can upload a single file or an entire folder. 4 Shared accepts music, videos, photos and more.
- ZenBe – ZenBe eliminates the need for bulky and lengthy emails by offering students a place to meet, collaborate and chat online.
- Scriblink – Scriblink is a free white board that can be used to collaborate with other people online. It includes a chat window and the ability to save, send, or print whatever was created on the board.
- Mikogo – Mikogo is a free screen-sharing tool that simplifies online collaboration among people who aren’t sitting in the same room. It can be used to instantly share whatever is on your computer screen with someone else–works with up to 10 people.
Study Help and Web-Based Learning
- Mindpicnic – Mindpicnic is helping to revolutionize the way students learn by providing free courses and study materials online.
- VerbaLearn – VerbaLearn is a great place to practice and learn English vocabulary. Students who are preparing for standardized tests like the SAT will especially enjoy this site’s vocabulary-building resources.
- Livemocha – You don’t have to invest in expensive courses, books or CDs to learn a foreign language. You can do it for free on Livemocha, the world’s first free social language learning site.
- ProProfs – ProProfs makes test prep easy and fun. The site allows students to make free quizzes and tests (complete with colors and images) that can be taken online.
- Flashcard Exchange – Students who use Flashcard Exchange can create, study, print and share web-based flashcards on any topic. More than 400,000 students have benefitted already.
- AVG Free – One of the most trusted anti-virus programs in the world, AVG Free provides anti-virus and spyware protection for Windows’ users. AVG is easy to install and is used by more than 80 million people.
- Soshiku – Designed specifically for students, this free web app makes it easy to budget your time and stick to a schedule. Soshiku also notifies you about due dates on assignments.
- Creative Pro Office – Although this web-based project management system was created for business professionals, it has many features that would be useful to students.
- Billeo – Billeo is a free web browser for people who want to track their finances and make online payments. Features include a built-in bill pay assistant, shopping assistant and password assistant.
- Mojo – Mojo makes it easy to sync, share, and listen to music online. It can be used to share iTunes libraries and much more.
There are currently over 20,000 original articles and videos proudly displayed on this site.
What’s Education-Portal.com about?
It is a resource hub for students and working professionals to research career paths, degree programs, and schools within their chosen disciplines. This was accomplished by a dedicated team of experts including educators, librarians, college counselors, career counselors, and journalists to provide practical information in both written and video formats. There are currently over 20,000 original articles and videos proudly displayed on this site.
I like free stuff and I like educational stuff so I simply love free educational stuff! Go check it out.
August 19, 2009
Writing Without Words, by Stephanie Posavec is a series plates showcasing the differences in writing styles of different modern classic novels in a very striking visual manner.
I simply love it and am so thankfull I have visualcomplexity on my feed list and that they put me on her track.
Here is a qoute on Stephanie’s work from NOTCOT:
“The maps visually represent the rhythm and structure of Kerouac’s literary space, creating works that are not only gorgeous from the point of view of graphic design, but also exhibit scientific rigor and precision in their formulation: meticulous scouring the surface of the text, highlighting and noting sentence length, prosody and themes, Posavec’s approach to the text is not unlike that of a surveyor. And similarly, the act is near reverential in its approach and the results are stunning graphical displays of the nature of the subject. The literary organism, rhythm textures and sentence drawings are truly gorgeous pieces.”
And here is what they mean by truly gorgeous:
August 3, 2009
I love this add from Ecuador advocating reading I found on adsof the world!
Once you discover the magic of reading any good book can make you feel like you’re the king or prince of the story!
Here is the creative details:
Advertising Agency: MAYO DRAFT FCB Quito, Ecuador
Creative Director: Carlos Serrano
Art Directors: Alejandro Muñoz ,Andres Santos
Copywriters: Carlos Serrano, Alejandro Muñoz, Andres Santos
Creatives: Felipe Arcos, Sebastián Barrera