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Combating Driver Shortage Through Packaging

If you pay attention to transportation and long haul trucking rates, you know that the current driver shortage is a real problem and is causing increased rates and reduced load acceptance ratios.  For more details on the driver shortage and how it effects transportation costs, check out this article by Michael Kilgore. The most widely accepted solution to the driver shortage is to increase compensation for over the road truck drivers so that the profession remains competitive against other appealing…

The 32 Days Of Christmas!

When you have thousands of photos, it can be hard to find the photo you’re looking for. Want to search for that Christmas cat you saw at last year’s party? And what if that party wasn’t on Christmas day, but sometime the week before? To help improve the search ranking and relevance of national, personal, and religious holiday photos, we first have to see when the photos were taken; when, for example, is the Christmas season? Understanding what people are…

New Package Testing Results Reveal Tape Closure is Superior For Compression Performance

Your description of the test method is incomplete; for the taped closure, are you securing the minor flaps per requirements of Tappi T804? I think the test results are valid but the different is not likely due to the method used to close the major flaps, but rather what’s happening inside the box with the minor flaps. By using adhesive to secure the major and minor flaps together you’re preventing the minor flaps diving down inside the box and squaring…

Be our design/code/??? intern for summer 2016!

Illustration by viz team intern Annette Elizabeth Allen! Hey! You! With the weird talent! We have two internships on the Visuals team. One is for photo editing, the other, well, it’s weird. We’ve had journalists who are learning to code, programmers who are learning about journalism, designers who love graphics, designers who love UX, reporters who love data, and illustrators who make beautiful things! Does any of this sound like you? Please join our team! You’ll learn a ton and…

We’re looking for a developer to help us build Carebot

By Brian Boyer | December 14, 2015 We’re looking for a programmer to join our team for a few months. Your mission? Break the news’s addiction to pageviews, by bringing meaningful analytics to journalists. Why? At NPR Visuals, our goal is to make people care. To get them to give a shit about tough problems and people they’ve never met. It’s our job to create empathy in world. If that’s our goal, how do we know if we’re…

What makes a great photo editing intern (Apply now for Summer 2016!)

Photo by Rachael Ketterer This is not your standard photo internship! This internship is an opportunity to learn more about the world of photo editing. Our goal isn’t to make you into a photo editor; we view this internship as a chance for you to understand what it is like to be an editor and improve your visual literacy, which can help you become a better photographer. What you will be doing Editing: You’ll be working closely with the Visuals…

Promises in Unity | IMVU Engineering Blog

By Michael Powell The IMVU Unity API makes heavy use of promises, to simplify asynchronous operations. Unfortunately, they’re different from the way things are normally done in Unity, and thus many people using our API have been understandably confused by them. The objective of this post is to alleviate that confusion. We first illustrate the problem we face without promises, then we explore a number of partial solutions, and finally we pull them all together to show just how powerful…

Introducing Elex, a Tool to Make Election Coverage Better for Everyone – Features

“End the elections arms race” has become a rallying cry in American data journalism. Many newsrooms spend tremendous resources writing code to simply load and parse election data. It’s time we stopped worrying about the plumbing and started competing on the interesting parts. We decided it was time we put some code against our beliefs – our contribution is a tool we’re calling Elex. What Is It? Elex is a command-line tool to get election results from the Associated Press Election API…

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…