Data + Design Project

Rear Window Exposed: The Movie Set in One Frame

Thursday 04.05.2012 , Posted by

With a little dissecting, Photoshop and After Effects, Jeff Desom reveals the entirety of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” set. For all of you who have seen this film, you will understand why this panoramic view is so fascinating. As the plot flowed from window to window in the original film, the world on the movie screen seemed so much larger. Now we can not only see the entire set, but also see the events of the movie happening in sync with the actual movie plot. [Read more…]

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Retro WPA Inspired Poster Art for GOOD

Tuesday 03.20.2012 , Posted by

Do you ever see artwork in a magazine and think about how much fun it was for the artist to create? This is how I felt when I saw the WPA poster art inspired illustrations by Dan Cassaro for GOOD magazine. Each of these full page illustrations were for the latest issue of the magazine and meant to act as public announcements for our modern times. Just as the WPA posters of the past where witty, bold and colorful, Dan’s work is right on par. [Read more…]

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Been Everywhere: Johnny Cash Inspired Luggage Labels

Monday 03.19.2012 , Posted by

Ongoing design projects have been all the rage lately amongst the design community, and this luggage label project in particular has been getting a lot of viewers and designers very excited. The Been Everywhere Project was born out of graphic designer and illustrator, Adrian Walsh‘s, love for Johnny Cash’s music. After hearing the song “I’ve Been Everywhere” in his music queue, he came up with the brilliant idea of creating a project where he would invite talented artists to take part and design luggage labels for each of the 92 locations Cash mentions in the song. Once the project started, just as Walsh had hoped, designers began choosing places that meant something to them personally. Whether it was where they grew up, had family, visited, etc., each label so far has been very unique and meaningful. [Read more…]

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Inadvertent Haiku: News in 17 Syllables

Monday 03.05.2012 , Posted by

There have been many clever ways of portraying current news, but this one deserves some attention. As an ongoing collaboration project created by Koseli Cummings of K&©, he created Inadvertent Haiku. Each entry is a summation of current affairs in just 17 syllables, in a style they refer to as, “kind of a Félix Fénéon meets Auto-Tune the News.” To make the project even better they often marry those haikus with editorial illustrations done by a list of talented illustrators. [Read more…]

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Color Berlin: The Bright Corners of the City

Monday 03.05.2012 , Posted by

When you can’t tell whether a photograph was staged or not, and the outcome is beautifully composed… you have to look a little closer. In this wonderfully colorful and well-designed series of photos featuring Berlin, Germany,  I was mesmerized by the shapes and designs captured throughout the city. The photographer of this series, Matthias Heiderich, doesn’t have much in way of a biography on the web, so for now, his work is just going to have to speak for itself. [Read more…]

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The Data + Design Project: Pie Charts February

Friday 03.02.2012 , Posted by

Here at Visual News, we’ve been looking for designers/illustrators to participate in an ongoing design series called the Data + Design Project. As an off-shoot of Column Five Media, we are ardent supporters of the union between data and design. Last month we started curating the Data + Design Project gallery as a way to show how flexible and beautiful data visualizations can actually be. With the Visual News website getting over 1.1 million monthly visitors, 13,000 Facebook fans and 2,900 Twitter followers, we hope this can become a valuable resource for inspiration. [Read more…]

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Partying in Rio: A Tilt-Shift Carnival Film

Tuesday 02.28.2012 , Posted by

Music, costumes, masquerades, dancing, food and five days of all night partying describes Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Film director and musician Jarbas Agnelli, in partnership with photographer and filmmaker, Keith Loutit, set out to capture this amazing event on camera in a way it has never been seen before. In the five days of carnival, the pair shot 167,978 photos, then with masterful editing and a soundtrack composed by Agnelli himself, they composed a tilt-shift style video from their stills titled The City of Samba. The final product is nothing less than amazing. The original score fits perfectly with what is being seen and conveys all of the right emotions. Watching the video, you forget that they are still shots and the effect of the tilt-shift makes everything look like claymation. A genius way to change the regular perspective of a larger than life festival. [Read more…]

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Migy’s Lyrical Works

Saturday 02.25.2012 , Posted by

Sometimes an illustration is so bold and eye-catching that you can’t help but want to stare and discover new things within it. This is how it is with the work of independent illustrator, hand letterer and animator Miguel Ornia-Blanco, or Migy as he is better known. Migy’s work is fun and lighthearted, full of colorful scenes and environments with lyrical characters.  His wonderful, hand-drawn typography is incorporated seamlessly with hand-drawn illustrations. Each piece is active and full of expressive movement that make you keep looking to see what you may discover next. [Read more…]

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The Musically Inspired Work of Pascal Blanchet

Tuesday 02.14.2012 , Posted by

The illustration work of Pascal Blanchet may trick you into thinking it was created in the 1960s with its effortless vintage style. Blanchet is a graphic novelist and illustrator born in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. His work is reminiscent of mid-century jazz record cover art, which he says is a source of inspiration from his childhood. His work is compositionally beautiful, and each piece tends to use strong shapes and colors with hints of texture that add just the right amount of depth and detail to his work. Blanchet is a very versatile illustrator because he can work in perspective, add wonderful lighting, or create something flat and still be interesting. [Read more…]

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Woodcut Prints: The Peculiar World of Roman Klonek

Friday 02.10.2012 , Posted by

The bright, colorfully, poppy, peculiar work of one artist is a fresh take on an old style. Designer, Roman Klonek creates his artwork with woodcut prints that pay homage to polish cartoons and history in the country’s propaganda style. He keeps to the traditional method and principles of the medium, but makes his own version of the end art. His woodcut posters are like stepping into a polish cartoon world, which the artist himself describes as a “bizarre balancing act between propaganda, folklore, and pop.” [Read more…]

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