Archive for the ‘graphic-in-the-making’ Category

As the war dragged on, the relentless American offensive took its toll on the Taliban who began losing key positions. When Mazar-e Shariff fell, the U.S.-allied Northern Alliance swept west and south, capturing Herot, Zaroni, Konduz and a few other towns — including the capital, Kabul —as the Taliban fled south to Kandahar. Not long […]


In response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., U.S. President George W. Bush launched a massive attack on Taliban positions in Afghanistan, effectively starting a war that predated, and has outlasted, the war in Iraq. At the time, I was Graphics Editor of a skeleton news graphics […]


Click here to view interactive graphic. In late 2006, at the height of soaring gas prices worldwide, five engineering students at Marquette University in Milwaukee embarked on a project to build a device that would produce home-made biodiesel. For the most part of 2007, they gathered regularly in an old warehouse where they drew up […]


Here we compare a gas pedal that works efficiently and safely with a defective one that is prone to get stuck. We show, in an interactive graphic, the workings of the accelerator in relation to two factors that affect the pedal’s performance – friction and spring pressure. We also show how Toyota’s reinforcement bar solution […]


This is the second part of our little series on Toyota gas pedals. In part 1, we established a basic premise – that friction and spring pressure work together to stabilize the workings of the pedal. We sketched out the CTS-made accelerator assembly and identified spots that might be causing the problem. We did more […]


The president of Toyota today apologized for the automaker’s quality problems that have led to the recall of more than nine million cars around the world and promised to soon announce steps that would address them. Akio Toyoda, grandson of Toyota’s founder, took personal responsibility for the problems and vowed Toyota will do its utmost […]