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Amazing Coffee Cup Designs

@coffeecupsoftheworld curates the coolest coffee cups from around the world. What makes your amazing cup of morning coffee 100% sweeter? A sugar & some awesome design. Here are some of our favourites from the @coffeecupsoftheworld collection.

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Love Design + Coffee? So do we at JESS3

Affinity Photo - The Free Photoshop Killer

Adobe Photoshop is an amazing program, but for newcomers, it can be daunting. For Mac users who are still eager to learn, a new professional design app has become available in Affinity Photo. The the best part? It's FREE!! It's still in Beta, but the incredibly user friendly software already has a plethora of tutorials available - not that you'll need them. Photo editing and retouching has never been more intuitive. For more info, and to sign up for this kickass free beta, go to now!  

Data + GIFs: The New Cost of Cars

AAA recently released a study about the cost of owning a car. I love this kind of stuff because I love cars, but hate owning them. In fact, I haven’t owned a car since 2005. Do I mooch a lot of rides? Yes, but this isn’t about me. This is about the report, which affirmed what I already knew. Cars are beautiful, fun to drive, AND costly to own. Let's explore the increases, shall we?

The cost to drive a mile rose to 60.8 cents...

Which includes, of course, an increase in gas prices (+1.93% to 14.45 cents)

But also an increase in maintenance costs (+11.26% to nearly 5 cents)

And insurance (+2.76% to $1029 annually)

And — possibly worst of all — depreciation (.78% to $3,571 annually)

BUT not tires because that cost held steady.

So that's something...

All these increases add up to over $9,000 a year. So you're literally rolling in it.

Are you surprised by these findings? Does the data impact your thoughts about car ownership? Weigh in.

The Graphic Account: April 17, 2013

Talk about big data! This week we found a map of the Internet, an infographic of the loneliest islands on Earth, and a visualization of the distance to Mars in pixels. We think you'll also get a kick out of a video game based on infographics and Persian rugs made from Google Maps images. After you’ve caught up on the best in this week’s information design, check out our past posts.

[Infographic] Loneliest Islands

Inspired by Judith Schalansky's Atlas of Remote Islands, this infographic created by Kanny Yeung shows the 50 loneliest islands on Earth ranking each island by number of inhabitants and it's proximity to other islands.

[App] Map of the Internet

This app is a 3D visualization of the worldwide system of networks that connect together to form the Internet. The map shows ISPs, exchange points, and organizations that route online traffic and allows you to zoom in, pan and explore these global connections at a mind-blowing level of detail. Grab it now for free for both Android and iPhone!

[Visualization] British Casualties in Afghanistan

LONO, a UK based creative agency, tasked themselves with making the numbers surrounding British troop casualties in Afghanistan more accessible to a wide audience. Without a key this visualization may not be the easiest to read as it isn't 100% clear that the colours represent the different years, however by breaking down the data by year and by month they have painted a vivid picture of these staggering numbers.

[Visualization] Out of Sight

A startling visualization that tells the story of the thousands of people killed by U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan. The aim of this project was not to speak for or against the usage of drones, but to bring to light the topic and to inform the public so they are able to form their own opinion based on the evidence.

[App] Future Urban World

Over 50% of the world's population lives in an urban world, driving significant economic transformations. This app by McKinsey & Company seeks to help users understand the sheer scale of urbanization by plotting economic and demographic data onto interactive maps, giving them access to figures about population, household incomes and GDP.

[Game] Metrico Chart Game

Metrico is, at it's core, a puzzle game for the PS Vita, but what makes this game unique, is that is centres around a world created from charts. The idea came to the creators after they noticed how beautiful infographics can look as an art form, and subsequently drove the style and type of interaction throughout the rest of the game.

[Cartography] Google Maps as Persian Rugs

Ever wondered what a map would look like as a rug? Well now you can! David Thomas Smith's latest project called Anthropocene involves stitching together thousands of Google Maps images into complex patterns inspired by intricately detailed Persian rugs. Stunning!

[Visualization] Distance to Mars

It's often hard to fully comprehend the unfathomable distances of space, but this handy little graphic-based visualization aims to put things in perspective by showing you the distance to Mars in pixels. Mind-blowing!

[Video] Kobe Bryant's Salary

Every 60 seconds Kobe Bryant earns $162.55, which stands in stark contrast to a U.S. minimum wage worker who would earn around $0.12 for the same amount of time. This short video by CNN Money really highlights just how effective and poignant a simple chart can be.

Our Favorite April Fools' Jokes of 2013, No Kidding

We were going to start this blog with a quick history lesson about the origins of April Fools' Day, but guess what? No one really knows. Suspicious, right? There are a couple theories involving the Gregorian calendar and spring fever (and this awesome origin tale from 1983 that was, in itself, an April Fools' joke), but these are still a bit murky. Our thinking is that at one point someone pulled a prank and the prankee got really mad. To cover his/her butt, the pranker was just like, "But that's what I'm supposed to do today. It's, uh, April Fools' Day." In that spirit, here's a roundup of our favorite April Fools' Day gags of 2013. Google Nose What does a ghost smell like? Google Nose knows. In the tradition of a long line of genius hoaxes, Google released this ad for their newest product that offers "the sharpest olfactory experience available." The YouTube Contest Ends On Sunday, YouTube uploaded this clip, which excitedly explains that after a terriffic turnout, the company is ready to review all the footage (70 hours every minute over the last 8 years) entered into their "Best Video in the World" contest. They'll announce the winner in 10 years. Vimeow from Vimeo The most adorable prank ever? The details of the feline takeover are outlined on the Vimeo blog. Our favorite detail is that "Following is now called Patiently Stalking." Sony for Pets Another cuddly April Fools' joke! Sony announced their Animalia line this morning, which features tech options for pets. Upload via Snail Mail Imgur got in on the analog trend this morning, by adding the option to mail in uploads. Scope Bacon Scope started this one early — last Wednesday — and judging from the comments section on their sponsored Facebook posts, most people fell for it. Good one, Scope. A Special Message From The President We won't ruin this one, just click play. The official white house YouTube channel is doing it right.

Recap! JESS3 at SXSW 2013 with Pictures, Posters and Press

SXSWi is like Christmas for JESS3 — a gift box filled with brilliant minds and technological evolution. Companies flock to Austin, TX annually to toss their brand’s services into the interactive goodie bag, which begs the question: how do you represent your brand amidst the chaos of SXSW? Producer Chris Marple outlined JESS3’s simple strategy: “plaster any available surface.” Forget fancy media formulas and effective frequency models — JESS3 took exposure back to its purest form at SXSWi 2013 with postering. JESS3’s street team met at the convention center in Austin every morning to hand out supplies (JESS3 branded posters, shirts, stickers, candy) and then got to work in pairs. The street team would make a quick lap around the convention center’s high traffic areas (to reposter anywhere signage had been covered up from the day before) and then expand their zones “in every direction.” The simple strategy was effective. We grabbed Mashable’s attention with our “old school” approach, and one of our stickers found it's way into the backdrop of a TechCrunch interview. Then there were the Twitter mentions. Some of our favorites: "You can’t turn around in Austin without seeing a @JESS3 logo..." "You guys are famous in Austin" "@JESS3, you are the masters at #sxsw tagging. You are everywhere." Below, scope out our posters, swag, and photos our team caught over the weekend.