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Make better beer choices with our wedding day beer menu.

Wedding’s can be be thirsty work and picking a good beer these days is not always that easy.

We like our beer and thought this beer menu infographic, created as part of a full wedding stationery package, might help the guests along with those key choices.

 

Beer Menu Infographic For a Wedding - part of a full wedding stationery package.

 

Bottle tops guide the way, with nicknames for a personal touch. The bars then allow comparison of beer colour and alcohol content – something that seems more relevant with age!

The area of the bars represent the total alcohol units, with strength (% alcohol) as height and measure size as width. To complete the picture – source location and type of beer gives added information for the connoisseurs.

Lagers across the top, Ale and White beer in the middle row and the ‘Specialist’ beers across the bottom, for those feeling adventurous.

It does unfortunately reduce scope for use of the ‘ooh, it’s a bit strong this’ card, but only in the interests of drinking responsibly and fewer family fallouts. In the interests of merriness, I’m sure ‘ooh, I didn’t see the beer menu’ would be just as valid.

The full range of beers were sampled during the Wedding Day, although I’m not sure how much credit the infographic can take for that!

 

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Every World Cup needs a Wall Chart.

I’ve put together a world cup wall chart. It’s all ready for some good old, pen and paper action and is available to print and play below.

Because I’m a little bit excited, I’m also going to ship A2 prints to the first 5 to ask, before Brazil kick off tonight. You might have to make do with the old notebook for the first few games, but you’ll hopefully be up and running for the final 50 or so!

 

A wall chart for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Championship in Brazil, with flags, fixtures, group tables and concise tournament history summary for each country.

 

Sometimes it’s just got to be pen and paper and when it’s the world cup you’ve got to get your wall chart out. After a quick look around earlier in the week, I couldn’t really find any that I’d actually want to put up. So I set out to create a world cup wall chart that was easy on the eye, but still brimmed with information.

I also wanted something that was a more of a grow-your-own visualisation, rather than just ending up as the usual, difficult to read, sheet of numbers and letters. There’s also plenty of scope for your own doodles, for the proud chart keepers – some tips and ideas for filling the chart in to follow.

On top of the basic schedule, each team badge contains a summary of the countries history in the tournament and current rank. Starting clockwise from 1930, the rings shows progression in each tournament, from ‘Group stage’ outwards to the elusive World Cup gold winner’s star.

I’m optimistic (as ever), but notice the 3 world cup winners and 7 world cup wins sitting in England’s group!

To keep and eye on current group tables fill in 1 bar for each point the team scores, starting from the outside, working towards the centre and the Last 16 stage.

 

Don’t forget, if you’d like a print, just be one of the first 5 to ask before tonight’s kick off. Can ship to anywhere within the UK.

Hope you enjoy and it’d be great to see any completed versions – if you’re on Twitter use #WorldCupWallChart.

Printable PDF of the rainbowworks World Cup Wall Chart here.

 

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The PDC World Darts Championships has been running for just over 20 years and on New Year’s Day Michael Van Gerwen, earned his place as one of the World Darts Champions elite.

It wasn’t to be for Phil Taylor in 2014, but each year when the championships come round I’m reminded of his brilliance.

Only 5 people have won the PDC World Darts Championships in the last 20 years. 2 of these have won it once, 2 have won it twice, Phil Taylor has won it 14 times and a further 2 times prior to the PDC version of the competition was formed. It’s a record that simply becomes more staggering the more I think about it.

The graphic below shows the PDC World Darts Champions of the last 20 years, clockwise around the segments of a dartboard and nicely highlights just why Phil Taylor is ‘The Power’ of World Darts!

Visualisation showing the PDC World Darts Champions of the last 20 years around a dartboard

 

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Ashes Test Match Scorecard Visualisation - First Test In Five Match Series, Nov 2013, Brisbane, Australia

 

The first version of a graphic designed to visualise a typical cricket match scorecard – in this case, last week’s first Ashes test match scorecard.

I do enjoy a good read of the typical cricket match scorecard, but often think there must be a better way to digest the information than the typical tables of numbers. I find reading tables of numbers with any accuracy pretty difficult. In a typical cricket scorecard, ducks, 100s, 5-wicket innings standout, but there’s a much more complete match picture hidden in there, it’s just pretty difficult to assimilate from the numbers.

So here’s a first stab at visualising the typical cricket scorecard data.

Done here as a static image, but it was designed with a view to it ideally becoming a web element based graphic. That way it can also become interactive and will also be much better scalable across the range of screens and devices. With that in mind, and general for clarity, I wanted to keep the different elements simple. The tall-thin layout will hopefully suit scrolling pages, and would also work well if the graphic were to become live, for example. Obviously, a test match is as ‘long’ as it gets, and if used for other overs cricket match formats, it’s likely overs column heights would be reduced and the graphic’s aspect ratio would become more screen-like. Wasn’t sure whether flipping the graphic on it’s head may work better – scrolling down the page to progress the match. Unfortunately, in my experience graphs with values increasing downwards never seem to go down too well! So, I’ve left it how it was for now.

I’m reasonably happy with the result as a first attempt and the visualisation certainly makes Australia’s domination of the match more apparent!

I’m going to try to produce similar graphics for each test match in the series, to complete the set. There are a few things I’d like to add / tweak and a five match set should provide a decent sample for further development.

In the meantime let’s hope England can pull their socks up in time for December 5 and get well soon Jonathan Trott.

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A simple interactive golf course map for this years PGA Championship being held at the Oak Hill Country Club (on the ‘East Course’).

While enjoying the action, you can use the Hole numbers at the top of the Map to view the hole information and locate the hole on the golf course.

PGA Championship 2013 Interactive Golf Course Map - Oak Hill Country Club, East Course
ROUNDPar 707163 Yards
H1Par460 Yards1st Hardest
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H2Par401 Yards13th Hardest
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H3Par214 Yards 15th Hardest
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H4Par570 Yards9th Hardest
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H5Par428 Yards11th Hardest
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H6Par175 Yards17th Hardest
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H7Par461 Yards3rd Hardest
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H8Par428 Yards7th Hardest
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H9Par452 Yards5th Hardest
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H10Par429 Yards8th Hardest
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H11Par226 Yards16th Hardest
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H12Par372 Yards12th Hardest
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H13Par598 Yards2nd Hardest
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H14Par232 Yards10th Hardest
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H15Par181 Yards18th Hardest
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H16Par439 Yards6th Hardest
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H17Par509 Yards14th Hardest
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H18Par497 Yards4th Hardest
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H19Par9 YardsEasiest
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Map tiles by Stamen Design, under CC BY 3.0. Data by OpenStreetMap, under CC BY SA.

 

 

I love watching the golf majors and have been keen to experiment with Stamen’s fantastic Mapstack tool for a while. The pacific time hours provided the perfect opportunity to combine the two, so last night was spent happily map making in front of the golf.

Mapstack, allows easy creation of brilliantly unique map images by layering and colouring different map elements with photoshop style controls. In this case I wanted to keep mine nice and clean to hopefully give some added value as a golf course map.

The seventy minute mid-round weather suspension was enough motivation to start on some simple CSS controls to add some basic interactivity and hopefully make the map a bit more useful.

So if you find yourself watching this over the weekend and wondering who’s where, then hopefully this might help. Unfortunately, the way things are going, I think tracking a few of my favourite players is going to be fairly easy – they’re going watching from the 19th!