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  • BiofusionDesign | Arts
    the producer of the celebrated Optimus keyboard Click here for more information Whitney Biennial 2008 Nov 16 2008 Post a comment Arts Design New York Times Portfolio By Vu Nguyen This year the biennial fills not only three floors of the museum but also much of the Park Avenue Armory Below explore an overview of the exhibition or look at 360 degree panoramic photographs of the third floor fourth floor and an installation Audio narration is by Holland Cotter an art critic for The Times Click here to view the graphics 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

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  • BiofusionDesign | Books
    understand this book Continue reading Book Review The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda Oct 11 2007 Post a comment Books By Vu Nguyen While I expected a lot from this book it didn t quite live up to my expectations Don t get me wrong the book is good but it is more of a personal journal than a book about simplicity In spite of the imperfections I still think the book is a good read I am a big fan of John Maeda and what he does at the Media Lab I have been reading his blog about simplicity and following his Web site for some time and from what I have seen I have to admit that the author is a great technologist and designer One particular project I think is brilliant is a graphics about the crisis in Darfur The simplicity of this graphics helps communicate a powerful message With this in mind I expected his book on simplicity to be exceptional Although the book is quite good it is not as substantial as I thought it would be The book is short exactly 100 pages long broken down into 14 chapters outlining 10 principles 3 keys and a last chapter about life and technology Each principle is decorated with a logo designed by the author to foreshadow the content that follows I didn t find the logos to be particularly useful or inspiring The principles of simplicity mentioned in this book are shallow with few examples that support them Most of the examples are arbitrary and not immediately made clear as to how they relate to what the author is talking about I find the principles hard to apply in a real life situation The book is not all bad I find it inspiring despite

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  • BiofusionDesign | Illustrations
    cause of the squeaking is unknown but â œstripe wearâ found on used ceramic parts suggests that the noise may begin when these parts rub together The audible squeak may be the resulting harmonic vibration of the metal shell or stem Click here to view the graphics Want to Be a Superstar Athlete Build More Myelin Nov 15 2008 Post a comment Design Illustrations New York Times Portfolio By Vu Nguyen While favorable genetics and a well conditioned body are essential some scientists believe that physiological changes in the brain that take place during repetitive practice at a young age may make the difference between a world class athlete and the rest of us Click here to view the graphics 3D character design Nov 15 2008 Post a comment 3D Illustrations Portfolio By Vu Nguyen This is the final project in Alberto Cairoâ s 3D class I took in 2006 The assignment was to design a character that would also serve like a logo for Institution of Science Learning ISL The ISL was a project sponsored by the biology department at UNC Chapel Hill It was responsible for creating highly interactive software with multimedia that help teach biology to high school students I wanted to create a robot character I knew that it could be very cheesy but I did it anyway After doing a couple of sketches I came up with something I liked I named my robot eDeot It took me about one night to model and texture the character I still remember how I started around midnight and finished right before it was due in the next morning I was pretty happy about how the project turned out While creating the character guide I think managed to give the robot a distinct character Click here to download

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  • BiofusionDesign | Maps
    while looking at a street faà ade a street slide Thanks Tom Visualization of the U S electric grid Jun 24 2010 Post a comment Maps By Vu Nguyen Via NPR The U S electric grid is a complex network of independently owned and operated power plants and transmission lines Aging infrastructure combined with a rise in domestic electricity consumption has forced experts to critically examine the status and health of the nation s electrical systems U S jobs growth forecast interactive from USA Today Jun 21 2010 Post a comment Maps By Vu Nguyen USA Today and Moody s Economy com work together on this compelling graphic that shows the forecasted jobs growth in the U S Here is a bit about this project from the USA Today s site This graphic shows actual job growth through first quarter 2010 and Moody s Economy com s forecasted job growth for second quarter 2010 through first quarter 2014 It covers every state the District of Columbia and 384 metro areas broken down by fourteen industry sectors The data are seasonally adjusted Click here to view the interactive US casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq Jun 2 2010 Post a comment Maps By Vu Nguyen The powerful map application by Stamen design and CNN let you keep track of US and coalition casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan The application is a set of two maps that display the same data but are organized in different ways The map on the right side shows the locations of the deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan while the map on the left shows where each soldier originally comes from I think a subtle but very well designed feature of the application is the synchronization between the maps You can mouse over one map to see the corresponding data point highlighted on the other one Check the map out to see what I am talking about Head over to CNN s Behind the Scenes blog to read more about the people involved Many kudos to everyone working on this project via Stamen Design Top 10 greatest maps that changed the world May 27 2010 Post a comment Maps By Vu Nguyen Click on image to go to the article By Peter Barber Head of Map Collections at the British Library From the USSR s Be On Guard map in 1921 to Google Earth a new exhibition at the British Library charts the extraordinary documents that transformed the way we view the globe forever If I get to choose a favorite from this collection it would be the London subway map above For me the map is one of those very few that are still shaping our current trend in design aesthetics Dismissed as too revolutionary when it was first submitted in 1931 Harry Beck s Underground map solved the problem of how to represent clearly and elegantly a dense complex interweaving of train lines Placing the stations at similar intervals regardless of their true locations amplifies the

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  • BiofusionDesign | Miscellaneous
    give a little more This is what meat cooked to a medium doneness feels like Press the tip of your index finger to the tip of your thumb The fleshy area below the thumb should give quite a bit This is what meat cooked to rare feels like via Simply Recipes Gulf oil leaks could gush for years May 13 2010 Post a comment Miscellaneous By Vu Nguyen Watch video of the failed attempt to close the leaking pipe From National Geographic We don t have any idea how to stop this expert says Last week the joint federal industry task force charged with managing the spill tried unsuccessfully to lower a 93 ton containment dome pictures over one of three ruptures in the rig s downed pipe If the oil can t be stopped the underground reservoir may continue bleeding until it s dry Simmons suggested The most recent estimates are that the leaking wellhead has been spewing 5 000 barrels 210 000 gallons or 795 000 liters of oil a day And the oil is still flowing robustly which suggests that the reserve would take years to deplete said David Rensink incoming president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Learn your personality type through your blog May 12 2010 Post a comment Miscellaneous By Vu Nguyen Typealyzer is a tool that looks at the content of your blog to calculate your Myers Briggs Type Indicator According to it I am an extrovert which I think is pretty accurate ESTJ The Guardians The organizing and efficient type They are especially attuned to setting goals and managing available resources to get the job done Once they have made up their mind on something it can be quite difficult to convince otherwise They listen to hard facts and can have a hard time accepting new or innovative ways of doing things The Guardians are often happy working in highly structured work environments where everyone knows the rules of the job They respect authority and are loyal team players Thanks Kim Use hair to soak up oil spills May 11 2010 Post a comment Miscellaneous By Vu Nguyen Matter of Trust a non profit organization created by Lisa Craig Gautier and Patrice Olivier Gautier started the mat boom program which collects hair clippings to create mats that can soak petroleum oil Here is a bit of how it all started Phil McCrory a hair stylist from Alabama first discovered how hair can help He was shampooing an oily head of hair while watching TV coverage on the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill He noticed the fur on the Alaskan otters completely soaked with oil and it just occured to him We shampoo because hair collects oil He began testing how much petroleum oil he could collect with the hair clipping from the floor of his salon Phil then invented the hairmat which is made from purchased hair and felted in China I think it is a very interesting approach to solve

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  • BiofusionDesign | New York Times
    but once you get it you will see that it shows some very interesting patterns This chart reminds me of an interactive chart I created a while ago that shows correlation between oil prices and oil consumption Click on image to see full size Via nytimes com The 7½ steps to successful infographics by Sarah Slobin May 18 2010 Post a comment Infographics New York Times By Vu Nguyen I had a chance to work with Sarah when I was an intern at The New York Times in 2006 I later became a graphics editor in the business section when she left to go to Fortune Magazine Although my experience with Sarah was brief I heard many good things about her from the people she were in charge of at the business graphics desk Sarah with over 20 years of experience wrote this entertaining and detailed guide to designing successful infographics The guide reveals all the intricacies of creating an infographics from idea generation through data gathering and finally design of the final product Sarah in her own words You know when youâ ve been doing something for a long time and it gets ingrained For me thatâ s infographics Iâ ve created a lot of chartage over the last 20 years So here I am pulling over I m going to deconstruct some of what I know and share my 7 ½ Secrets to Successful Infographics Get comfortable Get a cup of coffee Get me one while you re at it Feel free to read this in any order you like Or if you re lazy I mean busy just read some of it But keep this link around because you never know Facebook privacy a bewildering tangle of options May 13 2010 Post a comment Infographics New York Times Social networks By Vu Nguyen Click on image to view full size Click on image to view full size Via nytimes com 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

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  • BiofusionDesign | Open source
    Zoellick talks about the initiative Today we are opening up one of the worldâ s most reliable and comprehensive databases on developing economies It includes more than 2 000 indicators from countries around the world including hundreds that go back 50 years You can also watch his speech about the project World Bank s Open Data Initiative from World Bank on Vimeo Besides the beautiful website The agency also let you play with the data using its API I haven t had a chance to do that yet but it looks promising 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

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  • BiofusionDesign | Politics
    interesting Clicking on one of the races brings up more information and highlights the race on the map which is nice However I wish I could deep link to a particular race Click here to view the map First Vietnamese American elected to Congress Dec 11 2008 Post a comment Politics By Vu Nguyen The title said it all via msnbc com The work behind msnbc com election maps Dec 3 2008 Post a comment Design Maps msnbc com Politics Portfolio Programming By Vu Nguyen Now that the election is over and I am well rested I want to look back at what we have worked on all these months at msnbc com A few people wrote me asking about the process of creating a large scale project in a fast paced environment Here is a longer answer to that question Since this post will be a bit long I will break it into several sections Pre election content We put a huge amount of effort into the Decision â 08 Dashboard data explorer map Many people had been preparing interactive content for our election coverage for months before I arrived By the time I started in July 2008 most of the core functionality of the map had been developed My first assignment was to support other developers and designers by preparing data and writing small utility classes Next I created the polling data display and helped with designing the fundraising data display Click on image to see full size We wanted to map every data set we could find that came with geographic information There were at least 10 data sets we wanted to map but we launched our politics front map with only six data sets We added user opinion polling candidate appearances and fundraising data over the

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