My Annual Report 2008

We have entries from Collette Cassinelli, Simon Job, Fred Knauss, Alice Mercer, and Sam Shah (did I miss a trackback?) with five days remaining in competitionEntry page here.. I finished my own (out of competition) entry last night while recovering from a flu / bronchitis combo and posted it here.

I abandoned it, to a certain extent. My content means a lot to me, if only because I bothered to track the data all year long, but my design work is simply functional — a staid set of bar charts and line graphs. See you next time.

I'm Dan and this is my blog. I'm a former high school teacher, former graduate student, and current head of teaching at Desmos. More here.


  1. kevin

    January 28, 2009 - 10:34 am

    The “TWEETS” line is nearly invisible on my screen. I guess you didn’t want us to see it.

  2. A. Mercer

    January 28, 2009 - 9:29 pm

    I can see the tweets line just fine. Maybe Kevin needs to plug in his laptop?

    I like your slides, and I like them better than Feltron’s work. Your hand written notes contextualize the data in just a few words. Feltron is better looking (although I think yours look fine), but I get more “story” from yous.

  3. ken

    January 29, 2009 - 6:00 am

    Apricot tea…apricot tea.

  4. Dan Meyer

    January 29, 2009 - 6:08 am

    Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.

  5. kevin

    January 29, 2009 - 9:38 am

    @ A. Mercer
    I was looking at it on a desktop machine, not a laptop and the display is on the factory default settings. If you have to twiddle with the display to make a graphic visible, then there is something wrong with the graphic. In this case, far too little foreground/backgorund intensity contrast.

  6. Dan Meyer

    January 29, 2009 - 12:23 pm

    I’ve gotta start deleting this guy when he shows up. This guy’s like Tom Hoffman, stripped of any actual insight. Either he starts contributing value commensurate to his tiresome self-obsession or he’s gone.

  7. kevin

    January 29, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    I’m gone. If you only want “whoo you’re great” comments, I can’t help you. Some of your observations were interesting, but I can live without them.

  8. A. Mercer

    January 29, 2009 - 8:16 pm

    Damn, I didn’t even TRY to start that fight! Just try to be helpful, cripes. Anyone else I can help piss off Dan?

  9. D.C. Hess

    August 4, 2009 - 2:11 am

    What software do you use to create your graphs and charts?

  10. Dan Meyer

    August 4, 2009 - 7:10 am

    I ran the data through Excel to get the scale right on the bars and lines. Then I brought those graphs into Photoshop where I laid some formatting down on top of them.