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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.…

How to apply to an internship at NPR Visuals

We want to see your best work. Here’s how. Cover letters All candidates must submit a cover letter. Your cover letter should be a statement of purpose. We’re interested in what you’re passionate about and why you’re passionate about it. (Most cover letters tell us that you are hardworking, passionate and talented, etc. And that you love NPR. We don’t need you to tell us that.) Tell us what you care about and work on. Tell us why you are…

How Innovative Product Packaging Solutions Can Save Money

By Rob Kaszubowski, Packaging Engineering Manager Who knew you could actually damage a product while placing it into its protective packaging? But that’s the exact problem Chainalytics packaging engineers recently tackled for a construction materials client. The company’s heavy vinyl lined products were being scuffed and scratched when slid into their secondary packaging for shipment—creating significant costs from damage returns, warranty repairs, and service calls.  But abrasion during loading wasn’t the only problem: Products were often damaged during unloading from…

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…

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…

How to apply for an internship at NPR Visuals

We want to see your best work. Here’s how. (In case you missed it, applications are currently open for our fall internships.) Cover letters All candidates must submit a cover letter. Your cover letter should be a statement of purpose. We’re interested in what you’re passionate about and why you’re passionate about it. (Most cover letters tell us that you are hardworking, passionate and talented, etc. And that you love NPR. We don’t need you to tell us that.) Tell…

What’s new in our first release version of the dailygraphics rig?

Our dailygraphics rig has been around for more than a year and in that time we’ve used it to make hundreds of responsive rectangles of good internet, but we’ve never made it easy for others to use. The rig is heavily customized for our needs and includes our organization-specific styles and templates. Despite this, a handful of hardy news organizations have made efforts to adopt it. In order to better facilitate this, today we are releasing our first fixed “version”…

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…