Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

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nov
04
2011

32 Ways Of Looking At Unemployment, In One Chart | Planet Money | NPR

The chart below allows you to explore these differences in detail. You can see how the unemployment rate has changed over time for people of all ages and all levels of educational attainment.” Produced using Flot, a jQuery charting library. Reusing something I set up for previous projects.

nov
03
2011

Generation Gap: How Age Shapes Political Outlook | NPR

Findings from a new Pew Research Center report. “A new survey from the Pew Research Center finds wide gaps in how different generations view politics. Older voters are more conservative, more angry at the government and less hopeful about the future of the country. Younger voters lean left, wish the government played a greater role in their lives and believe the nation’s best days are yet to come.”

nov
02
2011

Map: Population Density, Global Fertility, And GDPNPR

To sustain themselves, many nations adopt policies to raise, lower, or maintain their population levels. And while a country’s gross domestic product may often predict its stance, that’s not always the case.” This Flash-based interactive map was produced for our series this week “7 Billion And Counting.”

oct
17
2011

Interactive: 2012 Campaign Cash, Week By Week | NPR

The latest batch of campaign finance reports adds a little clarity to the presidential race. For starters, President Obama’s campaign reported a hefty $61 million on hand as of Sept. 30. But in the Republican primary race, things are in flux.” Interactive graph of third quarter fundraising numbers, produced using the Flot graphing library for jQuery.

oct
11
2011

2012 Letterpress Calendar

January 2012 is done! After last week’s pressure print experiment, I sent my Illustrator design off to Boxcar Press to be converted into a photopolymer plate for printing. The printing session itself went incredibly smoothly, and I was able to …

oct
10
2011

Casa Hurtsapong

I meant to post this back in July. For letterpress happy hour one week at Pyramid Atlantic, I typeset / printed a small set of personal notecards. “Casa Hurtsapong” (a portmanteau Rob and I came up with years ago as …

oct
03
2011

The Best Of World Cafe | NPR

After 20 years behind the mic, World Cafe host David Dye recounts his 20 favorite interviews and studio sessions, including visits from Adele, Sonny Rollins and Coldplay.” Uses a variation of the template we built for the 50 Great Voices project.

sep
27
2011

How Psychology Solved A WWII Shipwreck Mystery | NPR

In November 1941, two warships from Australia and Germany clashed off the coast of Western Australia. Both sank. Despite extensive search efforts during and after World War II, the ships weren’t found until 2008, after a team of psychologists analyzed the statements given by the surviving German crew members.” I worked with producer Andrew Prince on this interactive about how the researchers did their analysis.

sep
23
2011

NPR on Google TV

NPR now has an HTML5-based channel on Google TV, Google’s set-top box. (It also works in Chrome.) Watch Tiny Desk Concerts, documentary videos and more. I worked with Max Phennighaus, Chris Schetter and Demian Perry; my role was tweaking / adapting some of the CSS.

sep
15
2011

How The European Debt Crisis Could Spread | NPR

The world’s major central banks are so worried about Europe’s debt crisis that they are moving to shore up eurozone banks. The troubled banks hold billions in sovereign debt of Greece, Spain, Portugal and other struggling countries. Left unchecked, this crisis could spill over into the U.S. economy. Here’s how Europe’s troubles could migrate to the U.S. and the rest of the world.” I worked on this interactive with Marilyn Geewax and Avie Schneider, producing the maps and building out the HTML/CSS/JQuery-based interface.

aug
08
2011

Time With A Newborn: Maternity Leave Policies Around The World | NPR

Sweden and Norway have among the best parental leave in the world — more than a year paid for the mother and father combined. Contrast that with Tunisia, which only gives women 30 days to recover from childbirth. And the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t mandate that parents of newborns get paid leave. See how generous each country is.” Full Story

jul
14
2011

A User's Guide To The Budget Battles | NPR

Marilyn Geewax reports, “Budget battles involving Republicans, Democrats and President Obama have become so frequent that they may sound like one big shouting match. But there actually are three separate budget debates going on simultaneously.”

jul
08
2011

Got Government Default Jitters? | NPR

Remember credit-default swaps and the financial crisis? They exist for U.S. government debt, too — and they’re spiking as investors get more nervous. “As the debt-ceiling deadline draws closer, economists fear panic could start to set in. If the United States were to default on any of its debt, interest rates on U.S. Treasury securities could shoot up. So far, that has not happened; calm has prevailed. But in another area — credit default swaps — signs of jitters are growing.”

jul
04
2011

By The Numbers: Today's Military

To go with a series of NPR stories about “who serves” in the U.S. military, I worked with editor Erica Ryan and news librarian JoElla Straley on a very large infographic about military demographics and casualties. The number of Americans …

jun
18
2011

Rainbow Roller

I headed up to Pyramid Atlantic on Wednesday for another Letterpress Happy Hour. I love that they’re incorporating mini-workshops into the happy hour programs now. This time, Julia and Melanie went over “rainbow roller,” a technique where you put different-colored …

jun
02
2011

Pressure Printing

I made it back to the letterpress studio tonight after several crazy months away. At tonight's Letterpress Happy Hour at Pyramid Atlantic, letterpress associate Julia led a small workshop on pressure printing.

may
19
2011

Savings Calculator

NPR is running a series this week about young adults and financial literacy. To go with the series, I put together a Flash-based calculator showing how much money someone could theoretically accumulate over time, depending on when they start saving. …

may
16
2011

A Nuclear Powered World

I produced an interactive map to go with today’s NPR Morning Edition story about nuclear power: In the aftermath of the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, many countries are reevaluating their nuclear programs. Below, a look at …

apr
27
2011

Monarchy Map

Also as part of the lead-up to the British royal wedding, we put together an interactive map of countries that are still monarchies (or emirates or sultanates). Queen Elizabeth’s rule does extend across the world; she’s the sovereign of 15 …

A Royal Family Tree

At work, we succumbed to a little bit of royal wedding fever and put together a “family tree” of the British royal family. With her marriage, Kate Middleton becomes the wife of the second in line to the British throne …

mar
22
2011

SXSW: The Austin 100 Mix

Leading up to NPR Music’s coverage of SXSW 2011, I worked with fellow designer Nelson Hsu and the NPR Music team to produce The Austin 100 Mix, a music sampler featuring songs by (mostly unknown) artists performing at the music …

50 Great Voices Redux

In late 2009, my design colleague Paulo Lopez and I collaborated with the NPR Music team to put together a multimedia presentation of nominees for “50 Great Voices,” a series of profiles to run on NPR through 2010 showcasing great …