These minimalist portraits by artist Girel Oleg eliminate all but a few colors to tell their story. Each image (originally a photograph) was digitally remixed, removing layer upon layer of detail to leave just contour lines and patches of richly textured color. It’s a simple, yet effective effect. [Read more...]
Next time you feel the urge to make a statistical statement about the condition of the oceans, maybe you should do it with graffiti. This incredibly novel pie-chart stencil allows you to spell out sentences and accurately adjust a movable arm to create a meaningful visualizations of your favorite cause or ratio.
The idea for his ‘Infoviz Graffiti’ stencil came to artist Golan Levin during a four hour ‘Speed Project’ at Carnegie Mellon University where he acts as director of the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. All you need to create your own is some fiberboard, a wing-nut, tape to hold the letters in place, your favorite color of spray paint and the PDF (pictured at bottom) from Levin’s website (where you can also find his thoughts on infographic street art). Now… go forth and pie-chart! [Read more...]
These incredible collages mix ink illustration with detailed maps, creating subtle images that pop out of their road and border textures. Artist Matt Cusick creates his pieces on wood panel using old charts, ink, ocasional touches of acrylic paint and even Folgers coffee. See more of his work at mattcusick.com. [Read more...]
Large new warning labels with shocking imagery must be placed on cigarette packages and advertising by October 2012, US government officials from the FDA announced Tuesday. The new labels feature disturbing pictures such as a dead body and a man exhaling smoke through a hole in his neck, along with sayings such as “Smoking can kill you” and “Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease.” The change comes after a 2009 laws passage, the first major change in cigarette labeling after the current black and white warnings where implemented over 25 years ago. The change follows other countries similar designs, many more graphic than those selected by the FDA.
Although the new labeling certainly wouldn’t encourage smoking, the effectiveness of such labeling is still up for debate. What’s your opinion on the new designs and whether they will work? [Read more...]
A big, bright bang recorded by astronomers came from a distant black hole that ripped apart a star and blasted an energy beam to Earth. Seen above is an artist’s impression of the star just before it was ripped apart by the supermassive black hole. [Read more...]
Have you ever wondered just how much energy your daily diet of Youtube videos consumes? How about the amount of carbon released? This informative video looks at the somewhat mysterious world of server farms and how much of the worlds energy they currently consume. It also looks at the top ‘green’ companies and their plans for the future. The video was written and voiced by Dan Ilic and directed and designed by Patrick Clair for HungryBeast on ABC TV. [Read more...]
Four small organs—the size of grains of rice—located at the back of the throat glow with a natural fluorescence in the near infrared region of the spectrum. This unique fluorescent signature of the parathyroid glands was discovered by a team of biomedical engineers and endocrine surgeons at Vanderbilt University. [Read more...]
The unique idea of 3 overheated New Yorkers, this concept for a new floating public pool in the waters around Manhattan could be a welcome relief from the sweltering city heat. Their project, the +Pool, is currently raising support through a Kickstarter campaign and matches the iconic ‘+’ shape of the cities intersections. What makes the design really different? In order to give swimmers a direct connection to the river, the pool will utilize a unique green tech filtration system within it’s walls to fill itself directly from the surrounding river… and because of it’s shape, it will be able to be sectioned off for multiple uses, from free swim to swim meets. [Read more...]
Most people have a good idea of how much money is worth (we have to trade our work to earn it) but what is a piece of art worth? Some pieces made by skillful artists go for only tens of dollars while others go for millions. Also, considering the many hiccups in the current world economy, the worth of money is increasingly in question.