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4 Trusted Ways to Improve Your Packaging

Is your boss looking to cut costs? Or are you in charge of some packaging changes? You’ve probably touched more than 20 packaged items today without even knowing it. What you should notice is packaging optimization. Optimizing your packaging can drastically improve your business. If your business ships anything at all packaging optimization is worth looking into, and here is why: #1 Change Your Packaging Design Your package is the first thing your customer sees. It needs to be attractive…

Work with us this fall!

Hey! Are you a student? Do you design? Develop? Love the web? …or… Do you make pictures? Want to learn to be a great photo editor? If so, we’d very much like to hear from you. You’ll spend the fall working on the visuals team here at NPR’s headquarters in Washington, DC. We’re a small group of photographers, videographers, photo editors, developers and designers in the NPR newsroom who work on visual stuff for npr.org. Our work varies widely, check…

What’s New with Dimensional Weight?

by Rich Lindgren, CPPChainalytics We are about half way into 2015 and the new Dimensional Weight pricing model issued by UPS and FedEx earlier this year. Fortunately, many shippers and 3PLs have been able to avoid the price increases taking immediate effect thanks to negotiation or multi-year contracts that haven’t yet expired.  (If dimension weight charge is news to you, check back on this previous blog entry.) Rumblings and rumors from the packaging and supply chain industries suggest that the carriers are…

Testable IO in Haskell | IMVU Engineering Blog

By Andy Friesen At IMVU, we write a lot of tests. Ideally, we write tests for every feature and bugfix we write. The problem we run into is one of scale: if each of IMVU’s tests were 99.9% reliable, 1 out of every 5 runs would result in an intermittent failure. Tests erroneously fail for lots of reasons: the test could be running in the midst of the “extra” daylight-savings hour or a leap day (or a leap second!). The…

Simplifying Map Production

When news happens in locations that our audience may not know very well, a map seems like a natural thing to include as part of our coverage. But good maps take time.* In ArcMap, I’ll assemble the skeleton of my map with shapefiles from Natural Earth and other sources and find an appropriate projection. Then I’ll export it to .AI format and bring it into Adobe Illustrator for styling. (In the example below, I also separately exported a raster layer…

Let’s Tesselate: Hexagons For Tile Grid Maps

A hexagon tile grid, square tile grid and geographic choropleth map. Maps by Danny DeBelius and Alyson Hurt. As the saying goes, nothing is certain in this life but death, taxes and requests for geographic data to be represented on a map. For area data, the choropleth map is a tried and true visualization technique, but not without significant dangers depending on the nature of the data and map areas represented. Clarity of mapped state-level data, for instance, is frequently…

Tech note: Connecting to an Amazon RDS database from a legacy EC2 server

By David Eads | May 08, 2015 Amazon’s Relational Database Service (RDS) is an excellent way to host databases. The service is affordable, low-maintenance, and self-contained. If you use the Amazon cloud, there are precious few reasons to maintain your own database server. At some point, Amazon started requiring RDS instances to use Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) networking. However, if you’re like the NPR Visuals team, you might have older Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) server instances that…

Product Packaging Strategies to Maximize Profitability

Kuerig used Pulp Packaging for three great reasons , cost ,the environment, and as far as i am concerned the best is it can be stomped on and deposited flat in my recycling bin. As a low volume ,low setup cost manufacturer of custom molded pulp we hope more companies give it a chanceRobin TremblayPulpPackaging.com ReplyDelete Source link…

Better, faster, more: recent improvements to our dailygraphics rig

In the past couple weeks the Visuals team has consciously shifted resources to focus on the parts of our work that have the highest impact. As part of this reorganization the graphics team has grown from one (Graphics Editor Alyson Hurt) to two—the second being me! Having a dedicated engineer working on daily graphics means we are doubling down both the amount of content we can create and on the tools we use to create it. For the last week…

Making small multiples maps with invar

Mapping the spread of Wal-Mart For a recent story on the growth of Wal-Mart in urban areas we set out to map Wal-Marts across the US and over time. Due to limitations with our dataset, we only ended up mapping three cities. Here is the graphic we produced: Automation is key to generating these sorts of maps. There are huge number of things that could go wrong if each one was produced by hand. For this story the automated process…