Make Your Own Infographic Infographics are to data what storytelling is to an annual report: a more engaging way to help bring attention and understanding to your nonprofit’s cause. Yesterday we looked at an interesting infographic that suggested a new way to view your volunteers. Today, let’s look at infographics in general – and resources to help your nonprofit get started on making your own. As Wikipedia explains, “Information graphics are visual devices intended to communicate complex information quickly and clearly”: Information graphics or infographics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics are used where complex information needs to be explained quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. ...
Another way to hide the bed: Turn it into a desk (Literally) Many people live on top of their shop, but designer Mira Schröder actually lives in her shop, a design studio tucked way in a courtyard in Berlin. It's all quite lovely (see this extensive slideshow but her desk is particularly interesting. She explains that "the ‘Workbed’ is a bed and at the same time a desk: with one button, the desk transforms into a bed." © FvF/ Mira Schröder We have shown quite a few of these things on TreeHugger, and tend to like the designs where you don't have to clear your desk. Mira's design not only requires you to clear the desk, but you have to strap in the mattress to keep it from falling out when you rotate it from bed to desk.
Image Mapper from ISDN*tek An Image Map is a regular hosted image than has defined clickable areas or hotspots. It consists of two components: the actual hosted image and a map file. This tool will create the map file for your online image and will include the displayable image in the code. Floating Storage Desk I'm sorry I didn't take more pictures during the actual process of building this desk, but I kind of picked up this project on a whim on a Saturday afternoon, knowing that I needed to work heavily with my desktop computer soon, so I decided that productive procrastination is better than the other varieties. And now I have a new computer desk. After getting some inspiration from this desk online, I decided to try to replicate the process myself.
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7 Ways to Derive Value from Yammer This is a guest post by Ashley Furness from analyst firm Software Advice. The social enterprise industry has been really heating up. First seen primarily as a collaboration tool, these platforms have matured into efficiency drivers that yield value for users in a variety of ways. This week, I talked to veteran social enterprise software advocates to find out how they’ve achieved measurable gains with Yammer.
Minimal Float Wall Desk - Quick make-over for mass production or DIY Case Study on “Design for the Real World” “The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive” ~ Coco Chanel Light Pollution map Close The light pollution map has two base layers (road and hybrid Bing maps), light pollution overlays and the user light pollution measurements overlay. To add your SQM measurements turn on the "User SQM data" layer and click on the pencil icon. You can also display only measurements within a specified date range using the date selector bar. The light pollution 2010 overlay was made from "Version 4 DMSP-OLS Stable Lights Coverage". The light pollution 2012, 2014, 2015 overlays were made from "VIIRS DNB Cloud Free Composites".
GoSun stove reinvents solar cooking TreeHugger has shown dozens of solar cookers over the years, and they all work pretty much the same way, and are designed around the principle of adapting the oven to standard North American cooking. We have also shown a lot of evacuated tube solar water heaters that work like thermos bottles to transfer and hold heat quickly and efficiently. The GoSun stove cooks your food in an evacuated tube, retaining almost 90% of the heat energy concentrated on it and reaching 550 degrees F in minutes. It is absolutely brilliant for a number of reasons, and is going to change the way we think about solar cooking.
Sit on this sustainable minimalist cork wallet Cork is a pretty amazing material, and it isn't just for wine bottles or bulletin boards or hippie sandals, either. In fact, this natural and renewable resource also happens to make great insulation, to be an excellent flooring material, can be installed as countertops or made into furniture, or even used for swimsuits. Cork oak forests are sustainably harvested, and actually serve to absorb up to five times as much CO2 as a similar, but untouched, tree. The forests, in places such as Portugal, Spain, southern France, Italy, and North Africa, are also critical habitat for endangered wildlife. "Cork comes from the cork oak tree, Quercus suber, and can be harvested every 9-12 years by removing the outermost layer of bark called the cambium, making it an invaluable renewable resource.
DIY Sod Sofas: Recline in Real Green-Grass Lawn Loungers On a hot summer day, there is nothing like taking off your shoes or using sandals to expose your toes for a walk through a low garden or lawn. Taking it (literally) to the next level, sod-upholstered couches are a great way to cool down with a book in the backyard. In Black Rock City, Nevada, this author even saw (and sat in) a grass couch set up in the middle of the desert – perhaps not the most sustainable design solution, but it sure was comfortable (and on very hot and dry days: even better when freshly watered). Note: for most arid climates, it might be a bit more eco-friendly to just use something of the astroturf variety (though it sounds a little scratchy, to be honest). Still, it saves that pesky problem of trying to mow in difficult corners or up vertical green surfaces.
The Wooden Waves at BuroHappold Engineering - Mamou-ManiMamou-Mani The Wooden Waves is an architectural installation suspended in the 17 and 71 Newman Street entrance spaces of BuroHappold Engineering’s London offices to provide a visual link between the two. This functional art piece celebrates global engineering practice BuroHappold’s multiple innovations in the field of complex gridshell and other timber structures and was designed in collaboration with Mamou-Mani Architects and BuroHappold. The structure was made at the architect’s fabrication laboratory in London, The FabPub and represents the rise of a new kind of architecture in which the designer is also the“maker”. The modules diffuse light through the opening of the cuts when bent and also absorb sound and stabilise temperature through acoustic and phase-changing layers integrated into the design. More than a hundred prototypes were tested to inform the digital model and master the curvature of the final piece which forms a seamless, soft and continuous stream.
DreamStudio Celeum DreamStudio contains all the apps you need to create stunning graphics, captivating videos, inspiring music, and professional websites. Available as a free download, DreamStudio can be run directly from DVD, installed to your hard-drive, or even installed onto a USB Flash drive, for the ultimate in portability! Here is a list of just some of the included software: