Data + Design Project

Stunning Greenland Ice, Drawn with Pastels

Tuesday 12.31.2013 , Posted by
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As many travelers know, the world’s most remote places can also be the most awe inspiring. Aritst Zaria Forman learned that at an early age, traveling with her family through some of these far reaching landscapes as her mother captured them as photographic fine art. Today, Zaria continues that path with large scale pastel drawings on sheets of paper. The results are incredibly lifelike, while reflecting the surreal environment they represent. [Read more…]

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Beadist Transforms Ordinary Objects Into Ornate Treasures

Tuesday 12.31.2013 , Posted by
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From tabletops to dolls to statues and figurines, Jan Huling has a hobby that transforms ordinary objects into one of a kind artworks. She combines her love of indigenous art, pop culture, and world religion with her patience and steady hand to create stunning designs. She begins by stringing a strand of small beads, then carefully applying it to the object with a thin line of glue from a syringe, then removing the string. She never knows how a piece will turn out until it’s finished, but each piece ends up far more unique and beautiful than it started. [Read more…]

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Man Builds Giant Kinetic Art Piece Using 100,000 K’Nex

Tuesday 12.31.2013 , Posted by
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I’m sure you’ve seen some form of kinetic ball machine before. Small balls are lifted to the top of long rollercoaster-like tracks and dropped through a series of fascinating paths until they reach the bottom – only to be scooped up again for another ride. Austin Granger is no stranger to these machines, but uniquely, he’s been building them for the last few years out of the K’Nex construction toy system. Now, he’s topped all his other efforts, creating a massive 23.5 foot tall, 40 foot long machine using over 100,000 pieces! [Read more…]

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The When and Why of the Breakup (or What Happens When Relationships Go South)

Monday 12.30.2013 , Posted by
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As the old song says “breaking up is hard to do”… but perhaps a little insight could help us understand why it happens in the first place. Information designers David McCandless and Lee Byron teamed up to create three graphics dedicated to breakup miscellaneum – from what day of the year is the most popular breakup day (the first Monday of December), to the country with the most affairs (we’re looking at you Turkey!). [Read more…]

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22 Pictures of Famous People When They Were Young

Monday 12.30.2013 , Posted by
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We only find out about famous people when they get, well, famous… so it’s often surprising to see who they were before the spotlight hit. Here we bring you a collection of youthful photographs, capturing some of the most influential figures of the past century. There are revered leaders, infamous dictators, talented musicians and more – all before their unique abilities and upbringing made an impact on the world. [Read more…]

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Stoplight Spotlight: Photos of Traffic Lights Through Fog

Monday 12.30.2013 , Posted by
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German artist Lucas Zimmerman stops traffic in his recent series of photographs. Portraying ordinary stoplights illuminating a foggy street near Weimar, Zimmerman catches an urban light show of bright, diffused colors and reveals the striking visual potential found in low-visibility conditions. [Read more…]

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Man Still Follows Girlfriend Around the World: Update on the #Followmeto Project

Monday 12.30.2013 , Posted by
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Since we first featured Murad Osmann’s stunning Instagram project #Followmeto last Februrary, he and his lovely photography muse, girlfriend Nataly Zakharova, have grown even more famous. Their images have been used for Michael Kors’ #WatchHungerStop campaign, they collaborated with Alec Monopoly and showed their prints at the Versace Mansion for Art Basel in Miami, and they invited others around the world to participate in the fun, holding #followmeto_contest on their Facebook page. Since their photos have circulated the internet, copycats are documenting their vacations and travel in the same way and the couple couldn’t be more pleased. [Read more…]

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Tessellated Masks Folded from One Sheet of Un-cut Paper

Sunday 12.29.2013 , Posted by
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These masks may look like complex woven mats of metal or fabric – and that would be impressive – but the truth is even more astounding. Origami artist Joel Cooper uses a folding method called tessellation to create his elaborate masks out of one piece of paper without cutting or glue. His faces have a distinctly geometric form that is otherworldly and beautiful. Yes, this takes practice. [Read more…]

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Aerial Photographs or Abstract Paintings? Andre Ermolaev Captures Stunning Icelandic Rivers from Above

Sunday 12.29.2013 , Posted by
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It’s hard to believe now, but at the beginning of the photographic era there was a heated debate about whether photographs should be considered ‘fine art’. Russian photographer Andre Ermolaev’s work would have settled that argument conclusively. His images capture the volcanic rivers of Iceland from far above, revealing nature created washes of color that could easily be found on an abstract painters canvas. [Read more…]

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Pantone Perfection: The Color Palettes of Nature

Sunday 12.29.2013 , Posted by
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We have seen breakfast food Pantone-style and famous movie scenes dissected by color and now we get back to the roots of color with Natural Palettes. This awesome new Tumblr is devoted to matching colors from the Pantone spectrum with gorgeous natural landscapes. With looping GIFs that every color aficionado will love and both simple and striking scenes from nature, it’s easy to get lost scrolling through the collection. [Read more…]

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