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Category: Computer Engineering

Do Visual Stories Make People Care?

Since we published Borderland in April of 2014, the NPR Visuals Team has been iterating on a style of storytelling we call “sequential visual stories.” They integrate photography, text, and sometimes audio, video or illustration into a slideshow-like format. My colleague Wes Lindamood already wrote more eloquently than I can about the design approach we took to evolving these stories, and you should absolutely read that. In this blog post, I will use event tracking data from Google Analytics to…

Flickr’s experience with iOS 9

In the last couple of months, Apple has released new features as part of iOS 9 that allow a deeper integration between apps and the operating system. Among those features are Spotlight Search integration, Universal Links, and 3D Touch for iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Here at Flickr, we have added support for these new features and we have learned a few lessons that we would love to share. Spotlight Search There are two different kinds of content that…

We’re hiring a developer! | NPR Visuals

By Brian Boyer | November 06, 2015 Love to code? Want to use your skills to make the world a better place? We’re a crew of visual journalists (developers, designers, photojournalists…lots of things) in the newsroom at NPR headquarters in sunny Washington, DC. We make charts and maps, we make and edit pictures and video, we help reporters with data, and we create all sorts of web-native visual stories and weird data-driven websites. (And yeah, sometimes it’s strange…

Introducing agate: a Better Data Analysis Library for Journalists – Features

It may sound obvious, but the primary role of a data journalist is to analyze data. Whether the analysis is simple or complex, it is our capacity to do this well that makes us valuable in the newsroom. And yet, most of us are still doing it using old-fashioned, error-prone methods. Specifically, we use processes that are: inscrutable (R, numpy); difficult to replicate (Excel, Google Docs, OpenRefine); and wedded to tools that are complex or expensive (SPSS, SAS, ArcGIS). As journalists,…

Jurassic Hack at Yammer – We Are Yammer – Medium

Our Hack Days are a great tradition at Yammer, giving everyone who works here a chance to work on anything they want, in exactly the way they want, in the pursuit of fun, learning, camaraderie, and an ever better product. Our 13th Hack Day, back in July, was no different. Follow the exciting journey of a group of new employees — among them engineers, analysts, and designers—as they experience their very first Hack Day, work on their hacks, and find out what…

Parsing complex social study data

NPR’s #15girls project looks at the lives of 15 year old girls around the world. The reporting team was interested in using data from the World Values Survey (WVS) to help inform the reporting and produce a “by-the-numbers” piece. Analyzing the World Values Survey data represents a fairly typical problem in data journalism: crunching numbers from social science surveys. Social science surveys have some typical features: The data is in proprietary/non-standard formats like those used by Stata or SPSS. The…

2015 Pack Expo Las Vegas Recap

by Rich Lindgren, CPPChainalytics Recently Chainalytics’ packaging engineering team attended the PACK EXPO trade show in Las Vegas.  This year’s show featured more than 1,800 exhibitors and 30,000+ attendees. Our team of packaging consultants canvased the floor for the better part of three days to find all things new and cutting edge in packaging industry. While I’ve attend several Pack Expo shows in Chicago, this was actually my first year attending the packaging industry’s west coast version.  General impressions on Las Vegas vs.…

Perceptual Image Compression at Flickr

Archie Russell, Peter Norby, Saeideh Bakhshi At Flickr our users really care about image quality.  They also care a lot about how responsive our apps are.  Addressing both of these concerns simultaneously is challenging;  higher quality images have larger file sizes and are slower to transfer.   Slow transfers are especially noticeable on mobile devices.   Flickr had historically aimed for high quality at the expense of larger files, but in late 2014 we implemented a method to both maintain image quality…

It’s time for you to discover your mission.

By Brian Boyer | August 10, 2015 I didn’t always have a mission. For the first seven years of my career, I worked in the software industry. The work was interesting, and I had a craft, for sure, but not a mission. All that changed when I quit my job to become a journalist. Our mission at NPR Visuals is to make people care. Everything we do: The things we make, our design process, and how we measure…

Do You Need More Warehouse Space? Think Packaging!

Packaging Matters: Do You Need More Warehouse Space? Think Packaging! Pages Do You Need More Warehouse Space? Think Packaging! I was recently reading an article on how to optimize your warehouse without increasing space.  It got me thinking that most people see a warehouse space as a constraint, having limited options.  The warehouse optimization options in this article I read were to broken down into 3 basic features;1) Inventory/sales information; know what you have (take inventory), know what you need…