1935 Map Of Michican

This is a 1935 map of Michigan produced by The Gulf Refining Company (also known as Gulf Oil) and Printed by Rand McNally. Gulf Oil existed from 1901 till 1984 when it merged with Standard Oil Of California (or SoCal). SoCal, one of the “Seven Sister” formed durring the antitrust breakup of Standard Oil in 1911. Gulf Oil and SoCal both rebranded as Chevron in 1985. In 2001 Chevron acquired Texaco becoming Chevron Texaco till 2005 when Chevron decided it didn’t like that name anymore and went back to just Chevron…we could continue to talk about mergers and acquisitions, violations of the clean air act, oil spills in angola, ect… but hey this isn’t about oil companies it’s about maps. Maybe latter I’ll do one of those oil company flowcharts and we can really get into this, but for now back to the maps. As mentioned, this map was printed by Rand McNally 1935, it is possibly one of the last printed by Rand for Gulf since for some unknown reason Gulf switched to Gallup Co. for their map printing needs the next year. Dropping the 3 attendants dilligently taking the utmost care of your vehicle for the simpler[read as: cheaper] Gulf service station sign and car front page which they used until the early 1950’s. Possibly gulf didnt want to give false hopes to moterists that their vehicle would be taken care of this well…cheaper. Now to the main event. Click to enlarge(I warn you it’s...

Drupal

This is the first project I worked on for Pear Analytics. I set out with not much direction in what the end result would be. I started by compair different CMS’s to each other,in a Drupal vs Joomla/Drupal vs WordPress way but, Drupal is in much lower use than other CMS’s and specific data was hard to come by. Not to mention trying to collate the information across these three platforms. It could have been done, but not within the time fram we were working with. The decision was mad to focus on the growth of Drupal over the past few years, which seemed like a more tangeable    ...

The Real Cost of Tax Refund Loans

This is the latest work I’ve done for My Generations FCU, a credit union in Texas. We created this data visualization to bring some awareness to the exsobadant fees that are charged to people by tax peparers such as H&R Block [add others] just to recieve there refund a few days sooner than they would. The research suggested that a lorge portion of the individuals who get RALs or RACs (refund anticipation loans and refund anticipation checks respectivly) get them to pay their tax preperation service. These individuals are also usually recipients of the Earned Income Tax Credit(ETIC) and would beniffit from haveing more of their tax refund  go into their pocket and not to the tax prepares. The IRS is currently looking into what they are calling a split return. A split return would be able to do exactly wht the name suggests, allowing the individual to pay for the preperation of their taxes right out of their return with out the high fees of an RAL or an RAC. This would not stop tax peparers from charching even higher fees to make up for the loss in profits, but there is only so much the government can do in this situation. This information was not included in the chart because we wanted the visualiztion to be printable, while it proved a bit too tough to get the sizing right on an 8.5″ x 11″ it seemed to come together on an 11″ x 17″. so if you were thinking of printing this, do so, we designed it this way just for you. This did mean that we...