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People for Periods

More than half the world has a monthly experience that society tells us we can’t talk about. The way we think and talk about menstruation affects how we approach hygiene, care and education for menstruating people. People for periods is a project dedicated to exploring the history and state of menstrual health care around the…

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Pay it Forward Poster

In revisiting our company value of being good to one another while brainstorming a holiday gift for our partners, we started to explore the concept of paying it forward. We’re all pretty familiar with the idea but were surprised to learn some of its origins. In our research, we found a beautiful, powerfully written letter from Benjamin…

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Beyond the Beat: Unheard Stories from African-American Music Culture

Beyond the Beat is an interactive storytelling site focused on black musicians whose meaningful contributions to modern music have been either forgotten or categorically ignored by most history books. When played along with the music, the slideshow format provides users with an intuitive, sequential approach to learning more about each artist that generates a more…

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The First-Timer’s Guide to Roasting a Turkey

Let’s be real: The holidays can be stressful. And if you’re in charge of cooking, extra pressure’s on to prepare the centerpiece of the holiday meal: the turkey.But if you’ve never roasted a turkey before, where do you start? How big of a bird do you buy? How do you prep and season it? And what…

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Hack Your Grill: A Foolproof Guide to Grilling

Column Five created this guide to average cook times to take the guesswork out of grilling. The guide provides average times for a wide variety of beef, poultry, pork, and vegetable items you might plan on throwing on the grill this summer—all you’ll need is a watch and a meat thermometer.

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The Bountiful Year

We created this infographic to help keep track of what’s in season when, because nothing tastes better than eating fruits or vegetables at the peak of their season.

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Presentation Design: 10 Tips for a Successful Group Brainstorm

A good ideation session is what creative types live for, but without guidelines, brainstorms can devolve into unproductive time-sucks. Follow these tips to make the most of your next brainstorm session.

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Motion Graphic: Explainer Video on Explainer Videos

Explainer videos are great for communicating complex information in an engaging way. By combining visual cues and auditory stimulation, these videos leverage the human visual communication system to maximize viewer comprehension. Explore the science behind their efficacy in this video, and if you’d like to learn more about how Column Five can help tell your…

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Presentation: The Value of Data Visualization

The Value of Data Visualization was created for presentation at the Richmond Federal Reserve’s “Unleashing the Power of Local Data” conference.

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Infographic: Thank God It’s Beer Friday

At Column Five, we celebrate Beer Friday every week. We’ve always wondered, though, exactly what—and how much—we actually drink each Friday, so we decided to find out. The following visualization is based on data collected from 45 Column Five employees, tracking all beverages consumed during work hours (with the exception of water) over the course…

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