2013 has come and gone, and I’d say it was darn good year overall. It left behind some pretty awesome infographics as well. Today’s post features Daily Infographic’s top ten infographics of 2013. Want to share your opinion? Hop on over to SodaHead to vote on your favorite infographic of 2013 here!
Let’s start off with one of my favorite combinations — food and wine. Our top pick for 2013 is a simple, attractively designed infographic that lays out the best way to pair food with wine (which just might come in handy for your next dinner party or social event). According to this graphic, dry wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and White Table Wine pair best with veggies, while a bold red wine, like Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec, goes best with red meat. A rich white wine like Chardonnay goes great with hard cheese, and a sweet white wine, like Moscato or Riesling should be eaten with soft cheeses. If you’re interested in planning a great evening be sure to check out this graphic. [Via]
Our next graphic features one of the most elusive and fleeting things in existence — time. As the infographic points out, “Humans are good at a lot of things but putting time in perspective is not one of them.” Our second pick clearly lays out our lives and human history on a time line. It starts with the last twenty-four hours and moves down through time up to the beginning of everything — the Big Bang. This graphic is particularly clean, streamlined and neatly laid out — if only our actual lives were just like that. [Via]
Number three on the list features man’s best friends — our canine companions. All dogs obviously cannot be lumped into one category. There are hundreds of different breeds out there, and sometimes it’s hard to tell if some of them actually are dogs, but this infographic from National Geographic has divided up different types of dogs into four groups: wolf-like, herders, hunters, and mastiff-like. It’s interesting to note that ‘hunters’ make up the vast majority of dog breeds and I never would have expected ‘wolf-like’ or ‘mastiff-like’ to be a categorization indicator. Check out this graphic to see what category of dog your pup falls into. [Via]
Our fourth infographic is so important for the human mind. This graphic specifies twenty-nine ways to stay creative. It’s very easy to get into a funk when you’re not exercising your creative capabilities, and this infographic will hopefully help get your creative juices flowing. Sing in the shower, free write, read a page of the dictionary, etcetera, etcetera, but most importantly, be open. The rest of the suggestions probably won’t work if you don’t keep an open-mind. [Via]
Our fifth pick features a language of sorts, that I’ll admit, I’m not too familiar with — coding. This computer language, makes the programs and operating systems that we use every day run properly, and this infographic lays out just how many lines of code it takes to run some of these programs. The healthcare government website seems to take the cake, while iPhone game apps use smaller amounts of code. [Via]
Number six takes a look at personality types of the those that are fortunate to have achieved success, money, and power. Take a look, you just might have a similar personality to your hero! [Via]
The seventh infographic on our list features the “United Sports of America” in a very cool way. Every state has a signature sport, and this infographic captures this beautifully. Texas (Daily Infographic’s homeland) is of course represented by football, and more surprisingly gymnastics. [Via]
Number eight discusses cats and their potential to become medicine shamans. The vibrations of their purrs may be medically therapeutic for illnesses. [Via]
Our ninth pick features luscious locks, cascading tresses, and just straight up hair. Check out this infographic for everything odd that you ever wanted to know about hair. [Via]
If you’re in the mood for good stories with a little danger check out number ten. The top seven greatest heists in history are featured on this graphic, and some of them may shock you. [Via]
As a writer, I am in constant search for inspiration. Sometimes it comes to me out of the blue, but for the most part, I have to work hard for it. If only the solution were as simple as flipping a switch! Having creativity exercises on deck might just serve to unleash your creativity.
Creativity isn’t just for artists. Studies have shown mental and emotional health benefits to creative arts. Research even points to artistic activities preventing or delaying dementia in the elderly. The exercises that can foster creativity, like making a point to talk to 3 people every week who are totally different from you, might even help you make new friends.
In the workplace, creativity finds its roots in the right environment. Whether it’s giving employees more freedom over their schedule, adding diversity to a team, or encouraging competition among a team of men, managers have many tools to spur out of the box thinking.
But just how do you try to find inspiration? This roadmap provides hints and tips that you can follow to unlock your creative genius. Hard work is certainly the foundation to worthwhile endeavors, and being creative requires practice as well. Your path is going to have twists and turns just like this infographic. Being open to new possibilities , as these strategies suggest, might help you through the next roadblock.
Step-by-step guides are usually reserved for DIY projects like building a table or cleaning your car. However, here we have a guide just like that, but it’s all about igniting your creativity.
All too often, we assume creativity is a trait that we have to be born with. How to be creative is a skill that can be learned and practiced. If you don’t think that you are “naturally” creative, focus on the process, and try a few of these proven tools and strategies.
The fact that creativity appears inversely related to age, may seem slightly disappointing at first. But spend 5 minutes with a 5 year old and you will see that creativity in overdrive. We were all 5 once, so that spark must still be there! It just might take a bit of work to unearth. These are tactical tools to help you get unstuck.
Sometimes tips, suggestions, and scientific studies just aren’t enough to spark your creative thinking. This infographic also points to the creative juices that were flowing when we were 5, but what did it come down to? 10x more questions asked and 50x more creative tasks undertaken each day as a 5 year old, vs a 44 year old.
Creativity training can be approached from both mental and physical angles, whether it’s centering your thoughts to open up the possibility of creativity, or using mental exercises. Challenging your limits with these exercises will help you flex those creative muscles.
Personally, I really like this one because it talks about both good and bad ways of creative thinking. On the road to producing creative work, we often get stuck. That creative block may be a result or our own mental blocks, whether it’s using repetitive thinking, or trying to brainstorm on no sleep. Sometimes we need a reminder of what is killing our creativity so that we can gain it back.
To me, the idea that “all people experience moments of ‘ordinary creativity’, which permeates daily tasks”, is a fundamentally important one. If we ignore the status quo and try to be creative about everyday problems, collectively we have hope of solving seemingly insurmountable issues. Travel, vodka, and meditation also all sound like reasonable triggers to add to our lives (in reasonable quantity).
Sometimes when we’ve run out of ideas, we need ideas to trigger ideas! Here are 40 simple things you can try, like read books, sketch more, watch films, be curious. And sometimes that is all we need; a reminder that even simple changes can spark creativity.
Most of these tactics can be practiced by anyone with the will and of course time. To dedicate yourself to creativity, you will have to make the time for it. You might find the process itself can be quite enjoyable and varied.
When you feel stuck it may seem as though you have to move mountains to restart your project. It is irritating, stressful, and an overall unpleasant situation especially if you have deadlines. Having 40 tactical strategies in your toolkit increases your chances of getting out of the rut. Be crafty, try new experiences, change your environment, use that notebook. Have we left any stone unturned?
At the end of the day, fostering creativity in the workplace or at home starts with the right habits. These are the types of habits that once you rinse, repeat everyday, set up the foundation for even more ideas. As this infographic mentions, ideas aren’t generally plucked out of thin air but are based on known facts. By building up that knowledge via teaching,
Using more metaphors sounds like a novel way to practice creativity. By comparing situations, even if they seem unrelated, you might find a new context to evaluate your problem. Speaking metaphorically might also be an interesting way to spice up your conversations.
There are common threads in many of these ideas. Seek inspiration both internally and externally, open yourself up to new possibilities through experiences, study what brilliant minds do, take a walk, and get enough rest.
Perhaps the first step is knowing that we all have access to tools to inspire creativity. Just remember to work for it. The goal is always to push forward, no matter how deep in the mud you’re stuck. As Jack London said, “We can’t wait for inspiration, we must go after it with a club.”
Which strategies help inspire your creativity?
Email. Whoosh. Facebook notification. Poke. Instagram notification. Ding. My life has become a never ending adrenaline rush of alerts, breaking up the day into fragments of cat videos, urgent chats, and pings. Finding a true retreat away from that chaos has required searching far corners of the earth for calm.
Growing up in the West, venturing into Eastern philosophy hardly seems natural and may even be counterintuitive. Mindfulness, meditation, and yoga are all examples of similar practices adopted by Western culture over time.
In urban areas filled with traffic and urgency, yoga studios have become a popular respite from a long day of work. Beyond straining to hold yoga poses, yoga at its highest level is a form of mindfulness meditation, listening to your own body and being present with yourself. Few beginners realize that the foundation of yoga lies in the chakras.
Chakras were first discussed 2000 years ago in Hindu texts. Each individual chakra serves as a focal point for energy within the body. In Sanskrit, Chakra actually means “wheel”, particularly fitting since the chakras amount to a network of connected energy centers throughout the body.
Blocked chakras interfere with functions of the body, leaving the body out of order and potentially causing physical or emotional imbalances.
Click for full infographicThe above infographic shows an easy breakdown of the 7 chakras in the body.
The 7 chakras are otherwise known as:
Click for full infographicAs highly visual people here at Daily Infographic, we appreciate the color representations for each chakra. The colors mostly follow the colors of the rainbow, inspiring the gemstones that are linked to each chakra.
Having practiced long term yoga and meditation, I personally like to think of this having to do with research showing visualization techniques improving meditation. Adding colors strengthens our ability to visualize and focus.
Click for full infographicThe 7 chakras are aligned in the center of the body from the crown of the head to the pelvis. The influences those chakras have and their corresponding locations make sense intuitively. As much as we tend to think of our physical and emotional well being as separate, this system brings that relationship back together.
The 7 chakras in the human body and the Get to know your chakras infographics both offer descriptions of the potential impact of a weak or blocked chakras. Reading through the list can be a bit daunting – Chakras can influence physical maladies ranging from sleep problems, swollen glands, and hearing issues to ulcers, constipation, lower back pain, and even immune disorders. Emotionally they can influence anger, self-esteem, anxiety, hopelessness, and mood swings, to name a few.
Living a life free of any of the ailments listed would be a tall order – According to WebMD nearly 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point. With the increasing use of computers neck and shoulder pain seems increasingly common also, and professionals often try yoga to combat the pain.
Ever caught yourself in a yoga class frustrated by the poses that require Olympic training to hold, unable to stop the thoughts racing through your head? Yoga is ultimately a practice to find inner peace, though of course many students want to benefit from the physical intensity, improving flexibility and endurance.
Few beginners actually consider the concept of opening their chakras as the basis of yoga. But yoga was created as a means of balancing the chakras, while challenging the body and mind.
What exactly does it mean to balance the chakras? We all may have been born with open chakras, but if some of them became closed or inactive, others became overactive to compensate, creating an imbalance.
Take for an example the Sacral Chakra, which is located below the belly button. It can influence emotions, pleasure, and sexuality. Problems with this chakra can cause lower back pain, digestive problems, or intimacy issues.
Click for full infographicPigeon pose, goddess pose, and round angle pose can all help to open this chakra. The Chakras in the Modern World infographic offers an overview of commonly used poses to open those chakras.
Even Nickelodeon has offered a simplified explanation of opening chakras:
Whether or not you decide to use this theory, the general idea of opening up areas of the body and stretching has a meaningful physical impact. At home you can use this 20 minute full body yoga workout guide.
I do believe in the power of the visualizing goals to achieve them. If yoga has just become something you do to tick the box, it’s worth spending some time understanding its purpose. The clarity that comes with it is breathtaking.
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With the massive upswing in technological advancement, the time has come to take your favorite tech, entertainment, fitness applications, social media, and all the generosities of the digital age along with you. Amazon.com has complied this descriptive infographic to give you a general idea of wearable, or “smart”, tech that is available today, including some of its outstanding features.
Smart tech will have you fully integrated with the web and all its benefits throughout the day. Smart glasses allow you watch video’s and movie right on the glasses lens, search google results simply by using your eye, take first person photo’s, and more. Makes me wonder if anyone will be looking where they are going.
Heart rate monitor and blue-tooth trackers can both be found in wrist-worn devices. Benefits run from monitoring distances walked, calories burned, to tracking sleep patterns and training performance. I must admit that I do enjoy the benefits and advantages of technology and all that it brings. Hopefully one day with all that tech on we can walk right into our flying cars.
Thank goodness intelligence doesn’t correspond exactly to size. If it did, I don’t think we would be doing as well as we are. We’re not exactly the biggest creatures on the planet. But, when it comes to true intelligence, it’s us humans that have the upper hand, and much to our advantage.
This infographic shows that you can measure an animals’ intelligence by comparing the ratio of the weight of its brain, to the weight of its body. That being said, it’s easy to see why we associate big animals with being rather “dumb” animals (as the stereotype goes).
What puts us on top of the intelligence list are the extra cortical neurons that we possess. They make up the cortex of the brain. This in turns, puts us atop the intelligence rankings, regardless of our less than impressive, and lanky physical stature. Have a look at the sizes of these 10 deadly animals. [Via]