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  • BiofusionDesign | Data you can touch
    built in early 2012 There are a few great ideas behind this concept and I want to highlight a couple that makes me smile Desktop homepage Continue reading Responsive design at msnbc com Apr 27 2012 Post a comment Design msnbc com Portfolio By Vu Nguyen Click on image to see the live site This is a test launch of the new format that we build on our new platform It is also our first stab at making the site feels like a native application By using responsive design techniques we make the site work on different screen sizes and platforms So far it has been a successful attempt Continue reading Msnbc com new mobile site design for modularity Apr 27 2012 One comment Awards winners Design msnbc com Portfolio By Vu Nguyen Click on image to see full size Last year I went offline for a few months to work on a couple of personal projects and an iPhone app for msnbc com About a year later and after the iPhone project fell through I was asked to design a new msnbc com mobile version The target audience is people who own devices that have Webkit based browsers such as iPhone and Google Android phones The project was a huge undertaking especially for an inexperienced web designer like myself For people who don t know me I am more of a data visualization person than a web design person I have designed and launched a few successful brochure websites but have never worked on a large scale one like msnbc com Given that most other large news organizations have released their websites for these devices we wanted to challenge ourselves to do something better Continue reading Life since last post Apr 18 2012 Post a comment Personal By Vu Nguyen I haven t been very active lately mostly due to an incurable desease called laziness I know I shouldn t be making excuses but I do have a few other reasons I am happy to say that I now am a proud father to a super cute 3 month old boy His name is Adrian and I look forward to teaching him some mad programming skills Yep it all happened rather quickly When I stopped posting in late 2010 my girlfriend and I were planning our wedding After the wedding she immediately got pregnant I swear I didn t do it on purpose Since then life have been pretty hectic for me as I had to stop being a baby and grow up was preparing to be a father In the mid of all that I got promoted to lead the mobile and devices team at msnbc com Apparently if you are good enough to be a father you are also good enough to tell other people what to do So during the last 18 months I learned a lot about designing for touch devices We started using ASP NET MVC for our new publishing platform at work so

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  • BiofusionDesign | About
    com where I manage a small team to come up with UX concepts and prototypes for the site I am also a freelance graphics designer While not working I try to explore the areas around my new home in Seattle This blog is a venue for me to showcase my works and express my thoughts on design and the web Honors and awards Works featured in design books and publications such as The Functional Art Visual Language for Designers Infografía 2 0 The Best of Newspaper Design and Malofiej 2010 Best in business from Society of American Business Editors and Writers for Adveristy Index Map 2009 Climbing Kilimanjaro was chosen to be part of the Design USA exhibition at the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum 2007 Gold from malofiej 16 for Climbing Kilimanjaro 2007 Gold from Society of News Design for Climbing Kilimanjaro 2007 Best of Category Interactive Digital award in the 2007 CaGIS ACSM Map Design Competition for Climbing Kilimanjaro 2007 Awards of Excellence from Society of News Design for Endorsements of all shapes and sizes 2007 Awards of Excellence from Society of News Design for Election 08 Campaign Finance 2007 The 50 Best Websites of 2007 from Time com for White City Stories 2006 Mildred Gifford Scholarship 2006 Documentary Multimedia Scholarship 2005 Quincy Sharpe Mills Scholarship Good reads Programming Collective Intelligence Building Smart Web 2 0 Applications by Toby Segaran Envisioning Information by Edward R Tufte Visual Explanations Images and Quantities Evidence and Narrative by Edward R Tufte The Age of Turbulence Adventures in a New World by Alan Greenspan The Visual Display of Quantitative Informationn by Edward R Tufte Beautiful Evidence by Edward R Tufte Don t Make Me Think A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug Prioritizing Web Usability by Jakob Nielsen

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  • BiofusionDesign | Tutorials
    reusable so your application remains maintainable Breaking views into small reusable chunks of code is one way to do that Below is the result of what we are going to build in this tutorial The chart shows monthly unemployment rate since 2005 from the U S Bureau of Labor Statistics Continue reading Cooking an MVC framework for data visualization Hello World Apr 27 2010 One comment Programming Tutorials By Vu Nguyen For the last few years MVC frameworks have become a hot topic in the developer community Many people love them and for a good reason They make writing code much easier and more fun to do The programs written in MVC are more scalable and easier to maintain One of the biggest benefits is that if you learn one you can probably learn others pretty quickly A few words about my background I am a web developer and designer who specializes in data visualization I have been using a few MVC frameworks such as Django ASP NET MVC and more recently iPhone SDK for my work and I can tell you they are very similar Since I am still learning these concepts myself please let me know if I don t make sense or I am completely wrong I promise I won t feel bad about it Preparation In this series of tutorials I will introduce you to the MVC world You will learn how to make your code cleaner and your applications more modular Along the way you will learn a few useful design patterns one of which is MVC and how to apply them to your work Although the main focus is on building a data visualization framework many techniques are applicable to any kind of work These tutorials assume that you have general knowledge of object

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  • BiofusionDesign | Portfolio
    been a successful attempt Continue reading Msnbc com new mobile site design for modularity Apr 27 2012 One comment Awards winners Design msnbc com Portfolio By Vu Nguyen Click on image to see full size Last year I went offline for a few months to work on a couple of personal projects and an iPhone app for msnbc com About a year later and after the iPhone project fell through I was asked to design a new msnbc com mobile version The target audience is people who own devices that have Webkit based browsers such as iPhone and Google Android phones The project was a huge undertaking especially for an inexperienced web designer like myself For people who don t know me I am more of a data visualization person than a web design person I have designed and launched a few successful brochure websites but have never worked on a large scale one like msnbc com Given that most other large news organizations have released their websites for these devices we wanted to challenge ourselves to do something better Continue reading The answer is in the stars May 6 2010 Post a comment Infographics New York Times Portfolio By Vu Nguyen Click on image to see full size 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 Adversity Index Map Feb 24 2010 Post a comment Awards winners Maps msnbc com Portfolio By Vu Nguyen Click on image to view the map Update Feb 24 2010 I just learned that this piece won a Best in Business award for creative use of online media from Society of American Business Editors and Writers I want to thank all the participants who made this project possible Cheers The Adversity Index from msnbc com and Moodyâ s Economy com measures the economic health of 381 metro areas and all 50 states Each area is in recession at risk recovering or expanding On this map you can explore changes in the four components of the index employment housing starts housing prices and industrial production

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  • BiofusionDesign | Contact
    at msnbc com Msnbc com new mobile site design for modularity The answer is in the stars Adversity Index Map Dirty Heating Oil in New York City Stimulus tracker Swine flu infections around the world and in the U S EDF Global CO2 Emissions Map Data you can touch banner About the author Hi my name is Vu I create pretty charts and maps for a living This site is

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  • BiofusionDesign | Responsive homepage redesign at Expedia
    on the Show Me button below the header Make sure you leave some feedback It took us awhile to revamp the search wizard since it is the most important piece of functionality on the page After a lot of user lab studies and A B tests we came up with a model that worked I am particularly proud of the ability for users to organically build packages from any line of business For example you can start out booking a flight and add a hotel and a car to your search It felt really intuitive Another thing that I love about the search form is that it works on desktop and tablets The reason we didn t make it work for mobile was that the mobile platform is owned by a separate organization within Expedia But technically it is not out of reach The main story behind the new design is around the idea that travel is supposed to be personal fun and easy So we wanted to make sure that the new design conveyed that We simplified the form and made it much more accessible on touch devices We used a huge hero image that we hoped would get users into the right mood We made sure that we remembered you when you come back Although not all of the ideas have been implemented it does show where we want to go I feel like the company is going in the right direction and it has the right kind of people to be successful Some of you may wonder why I left if things were going well I was approached by a late stage startup that promised to let me revamp the product from scratch It is something that I have always wanted to do so I went for

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  • BiofusionDesign | Design
    with this responsive design concept The site is built on the new platform that we built in early 2012 There are a few great ideas behind this concept and I want to highlight a couple that makes me smile Desktop homepage Continue reading Responsive design at msnbc com Apr 27 2012 Post a comment Design msnbc com Portfolio By Vu Nguyen Click on image to see the live site This is a test launch of the new format that we build on our new platform It is also our first stab at making the site feels like a native application By using responsive design techniques we make the site work on different screen sizes and platforms So far it has been a successful attempt Continue reading Msnbc com new mobile site design for modularity Apr 27 2012 One comment Awards winners Design msnbc com Portfolio By Vu Nguyen Click on image to see full size Last year I went offline for a few months to work on a couple of personal projects and an iPhone app for msnbc com About a year later and after the iPhone project fell through I was asked to design a new msnbc com mobile version The target audience is people who own devices that have Webkit based browsers such as iPhone and Google Android phones The project was a huge undertaking especially for an inexperienced web designer like myself For people who don t know me I am more of a data visualization person than a web design person I have designed and launched a few successful brochure websites but have never worked on a large scale one like msnbc com Given that most other large news organizations have released their websites for these devices we wanted to challenge ourselves to do something better Continue reading USAToday Getting a grip on government debt Jul 21 2010 Post a comment Design Politics By Vu Nguyen Click here to view the chart The time series show U S revenue spending and debt since the 1940s You can also compare national public debt as a percentage of the GDP for different countries in the world I am impressed with what USA Today has been doing lately Nice job guys And here is the new story page from msnbc com Jun 28 2010 Post a comment Design msnbc com By Vu Nguyen A few words from Ashley Wells our Creative Director So we ve stacked up the pieces with the most compelling content on top Start with a video Scroll down to read Want more Show more Long text simply expands in place Then scroll down for photos Lots of large photos Share your favorite Via e mail On Facebook On Twitter Continue down the page See what others are saying Expand Respond Keep going We post thousands of updates a day and are constantly searching them for related angles It s all right there near the bottom of every story Want the bigger picture There s a

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  • BiofusionDesign | Expedia
    for the homepage and landing pages in August 2012 At that time the design team were A B testing a few different homepage concepts One of the main challenges we faced was convincing the leadership that we had to change the homepage Since it had not been significantly changed for years and people don t like big changes every time we tried something drastic it affected the bottom line It took awhile but my team came up with a concept that got the company excited After a long process of negotiation we decided that we would go ahead and completely redesign the homepage and launch it in beta mode We wanted to let people opt in instead of force them into the new design That way we could get enough traffic to test what s working without affecting the bottom line too much We got buyoff from the leadership team and we started the planning process Note To opt in go to expedia com and click on the Show Me button below the header Make sure you leave some feedback Continue reading Browse by category 3D Apple Architecture Arts Awards winners Books Cartoons Design Expedia Funny Illustrations Infographics Maps Miscellaneous msnbc com New York Times Open source Personal Politics Portfolio Programming Social networks Sports Travel Tutorials Typography Videos Browse by date March 2013 December 2012 April 2012 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 February 2010 January 2010 November 2009 August 2009 May 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 February 2008 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 Latest projects Responsive homepage redesign at Expedia Today Moms site responsive design Responsive design at msnbc com Msnbc com new mobile site design for modularity The answer is in the stars View more projects People I admire A List

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