Out of the Blue – April 2017


Out of the Blue April ’17

Interesting snippets from the world of data

In this month’s Out of the Blue, we’ll be looking at: What links a clever astrophysicist and racial diversity? What does a hard Brexit even mean? How do you measure a commute? and What goes on in our skies in a day.




An astrophysicist makes a detailed map of US racial diversity

Tomasz Stepinski turns his attention to Earth, with this stunning map.

The EU isn’t the only tie that binds us to Europe
Europe is a complex system of treaties and agreements, here’s a clever reminder of what will remain…

My commute is 42 minutes, sometimes, on a good day, mostly…

Turns out the better you measure it, the longer it gets!


Mapping the skies!

A fantastic representation of what happens in the heavens above over a day in May…

Have a fantastic month and May the 4th be with you!






Out of the Blue – March 2017


Out of the Blue March ’17

Interesting snippets from the world of data

In this month’s Out of the Blue, we’ll be looking at most expensive google search term, Brexit by numbers, the global cost of healthcare and the international number ones.




What’s the most expensive search term?

Google were the talk of “Advertising week Europe” this month, but what is the most expensive Google search term?

Brexit by numbers

After the triggering of Artcile 50 this month, take a look through some of the key data that will guide the Brexit negotiations


The global cost of healthcare

With healthcare a hot topic in America this month, this interesting read takes a detailed look at the cost of healthcare across countries.


International number ones

This infographic provides a map showing what trait every country is best at.

Have a great month and see you next time.







Out of the Blue – February 2017

Out of the Blue February ’17

Interesting snippets from the world of data

In this month’s Out of the Blue, we’ll be looking at the Best Trips to take in 2017, Top trending words of 2016, Most valuable brand for each country and what the home of the future could look like.

Most Valuable Brands for each Country

Do you know what the most valuable brand is for each country? Click here and find out.

The year in Language 2016

Have a look at this interesting Data Visualisation to see what 2016’s top trending emerging words are.

What Futuristic Tech could be inside your next home

Modern technology has advanced to the point where we can now control our TVs, lights and even our thermostats from our smartphones. Find out the futuristic tech that could be coming to your home.

Best Trips 2017

Planning to go on an exciting adventure in 2017? Here are the Top Places that you need to consider.

Have a great month and see you next time.



Out of the Blue – January 2017



Out of the Blue January ’17


Interesting snippets from the world of data

Happy New Year! In the first month of 2017, we’re going to be looking at Obama’s presidency, obesity, food trends and the climate.


What got Better or Worse During Obama’s Presidency?

This interactive article lets you draw (literally) your guesses on how well Obama has done in a range of economic indicators.



How the World got Fat

Obesity has gone up in every country without exception! This comprehensive portrait of world obesity lets you see by how much.


Rhythm of Food

Explore what food and eating habits have been trending over the seasons and years – maybe you can see the next superfood coming!



Earth’s Temperature Timeline

We talk a lot about the future of climate change, but what about the past? Scroll through this timeline to see the historic temperature and future projections.

Hope you had a great start to the year and see you next month!


Out of the Blue – December 2016


Out of the Blue Christmas Special

Interesting snippets from the world of data

We’ve been getting all Christmassy and festive this month and hope so have you!

Santa Superpower

All you need to know about what it means to be Santa for a day. Would you still rather choose to be invisible?

Christmas gifts!

Would you prefer a bike or a board game? Find out which gifts are most popular

Worst of 2016

Social media data can be used to answer many questions – including what was the worst day of 2016?

Christmas Fun

Have you also been humming Mariah Carey recently? Try this brilliant Christmas Song quiz created by Spence!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I’ll see you in 2017! 



Out of the Blue – November 2016

Out of the Blue #BlackFriday

Interesting snippets from the world of data

This month we look into Black Friday, movies, eating data and spending!


The madness of Black Friday in numbers

Scroll down through this info-graphic to learn all about Black Friday! Who are the Losers and who the Winners?


True or False

Let’s take a look at how accurately these movies represented the reality. Scroll over the timeline to check which scenes where false, and which were truth!

Haven’t you tried eating.. data yet?

The BBC takes us through the interesting subject of “Data Cuisine”. Brightblue insights would taste delicious, don’t you think?!


How do we spend our money?

Take a look at how people spend their  income, filtered by year, income and household composition

Have a great Month and see you next time!Stefan

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Out of the Blue – US Election Special


Out of the Blue (or Red) – U.S. Election Day Special

Interesting snippets from the data world of Clinton and Trump

As the final showdown between Clinton and Trump draws near, take a closer look at the key data with these articles.


Polls, Power and Presidents

Can the polls predict this election? How will the swing states swing?


Stating the Obvious…or not?

Can you guess which States will go red or blue?

Time Moves in Mysterious Ways

Trump seems to be getting more popular in recent weeks. But who now loathes him and who loves him?


Polls apart?

Here are 50 interactive visualisations beginning with the primaries.

Will the Clintons take the White House again? Or will Trump tell the Democrats “You’re fired”?



Out of the Blue – October 2016

Out of the Blue

Interesting snippets from the world of data

This month we look into Ad Spending, Halloween, gun trends and.. other dangerous products

100 years of Ad Spend

Advertising trends over the last few years are frequently discussed, but how about advertising trends during the last 100 years? This article takes us through all the historical facts and figures of the Ad-business.

Gun Sales Trend

When do people in the U.S buy guns and why? An interesting analysis by Bloomberg into one of the most controversial topic of the last few decades, as well as historical comparison!

What sends us to A&E?

Take a look at the monthly trend of the top 250 products that people injure themselves with.. 


Halloween Time!


An insightful article featuring the most popular costumes through time, how costumes could predict elections, and a lot of other interesting stuff for our Halloween enthusiasts out there!

Have a great Month and see you next time!


Out of the Blue – September 2016

Out of the Blue

Interesting snippets from the world of data

This month we look at weddings, online advertising, the refugee crisis and one last look at the Olympics

Be a wedding trend-setter!

When are the most and least popular times of the year to get married and how have marriage trends changed in the UK? If you’re thinking of getting married soon then this article might help you pick a date.

Shifting Online Landscape

The landscape of online advertising has changed dramatically since the internet’s inception, and there are some interesting trends going forward.

The Refugee Crisis Visualised

The refugee crisis in Europe is a hot topic right now and this fantastic visualisation will really help you appreciate the scale of the problem — not to mention the visualisation looks great too!

Who is the fastest Gold Medal Winner?

Have a great Month and see you next time!


Out of the Blue – August 2016 (Olympics Special)

Out of the Blue – Olympics

Interesting snippets from the world of data

I hope you are samba-ing down the street and getting into the Rio Olympics. This month Brightblue are Copacabana hot on Olympic stats.


A Bolt out of the Blue

He is so so fast, but how fast is he compared with previous 100m medal winners.


Go team GB

Team GB is having the best away Olympics ever. How many medals have GB and all the other countries won in the past and in which sport.

Olympic Domination

Which countries have Dominated the summer Olympics through the years?


Try my amazing caipirinha recipe… In a tumbler:
– squeeze 1 lime (I like it Limey)
– Add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
– Add crushed ice
– Pour in 40ml Cachaca and stir.

That should get you Samba-ing…

Happy Olympic August, Amy

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