Graphics Roundup: Thailand cave rescue

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The rescue story of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in Thailand captured attention worldwide in recent weeks. This story was fundamentally compelling for the same reasons any as any rescue story — will the boys get out alive? — but the stakes were heightened by the specifics of the situation…. Read more »

Pink joins the palette

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Pink is a loaded color in design. The association with femaleness is so strong that anything pink — clothing, books, power tools, bar charts — is assumed to be for or about women. For this reason, using pink and blue to represent male and female in graphics is a helpful stereotype for the audience, but… Read more »

Remaking a text visual into a chart

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Women Photograph is bringing much-needed attention, and quantification, to the fact that women are underrepresented in photojournalism. One project was tracking the lead photo byline for eight print newspapers every day in 2017. Are there fewer photos published by women? Oh, yes. That image was shared on Twitter in January to show the results. And… Read more »

The problem with the people you know

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A couple of days ago Tim Wallace, a cartographer and graphics editor at The New York Times, posted a portion of his academic dissertation on Medium. There’s tons of interesting stuff in there, but unfortunately it’s no longer posted because the part that got the most attention is the little highlighted part way down toward… Read more »

Primary colors

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At this point the red-and-blue color scheme for election results maps is so expected that it’s unavoidable. But the primaries are more interesting. The field of candidates keeps narrowing, but here’s a snapshot of the colors used by a handful of news organizations to represent each candidate on live results maps on March 15, 2015:… Read more »

A cautionary Flickr tale

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If you mention Washington State University outside of Washington state, it’s common to get a response like, “Oh, I love Seattle! But do you get tired of all the rain?” And you have to say, “Actually, WSU is just eight miles from Idaho, haha, etc. etc.” But, honestly, I couldn’t tell you off-hand how the… Read more »

Photoshop image grids with clipping masks

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Image grids are a great way to display multiple photos in a clean, organized way. They’re especially useful as promotional or featured images to use on social media if a single photo doesn’t fully represent the story. An easy way to make image grids in Photoshop is with clipping masks, because it makes it simple… Read more »

Photoshop basics (with cats!)

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Presentation for teaching here. Download these zip files for use with the Photoshop tutorials: JPG, RAW Photo credits: Yellow Cat, Blue Cat, Ribbon Cat, Lap Cat, Cat Pals, Rescue Kitten, Nap Cats, Adventure Cat, Tiny Cats, Lounge Kitten

Reporter’s block

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A gem from this great Washington Post interview with Susan Orlean: “I also think if you’ve got writer’s block, you don’t have writer’s block. You have reporter’s block. You only are having trouble writing because you don’t actually yet know what you’re trying to say, and that usually means you don’t have enough information. That’s… Read more »