Data + Design Project

Classic Video Games Envisioned As Cringe-Worthy Romance Novels

Friday 02.14.2014 , Posted by
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Just the thought of romance novels conjures up thoughts of the cringe-worthy images printed on their covers. From shirtless muscled men riding white horses, to passionately swooning women in period costume, it’s hard to find a cliche more hilariously worn. But what if those impossibly romantic scenes were replaced by the coin-collecting, dot-eating heroes from our favorite classic 8-bit games? Shutterstock sent their massive catalogue of images over to illustrator Echo Chernik, challenging him to create a Valentines series that would make any gamer feel romantic. [Read more...]

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Is this Infinite Traffic, or A Celebration of American Iron?

Thursday 02.13.2014 , Posted by
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A literally endless stream of Matchbox and Hotwheels toy cars threads its way through the air, looping around a möbius strip that forms the symbol for infinity. The work is part of artist Chambliss Giobbi’s new exhibition American Iron, a show that explores the “inventiveness, expanse, and ultimate collapse” of a uniquely American culture. [Read more...]

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Our Favorite Submissions from the 2013 A’Design Awards, Will You Win This Year?

Thursday 02.13.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a designer, this is a thrilling time of year, and one rife with possibility – it’s a time when the A’ Design Award & Competition is open for entries in a diverse range of fields. The competition is a unique one, giving a level playing field to designers and businesses from a wide range of experience levels, and giving them all a global audience in recognition of their skills.

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This Lux Planetarium Watch Tracks the Orbits of the Planets

Wednesday 02.12.2014 , Posted by
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If you need a little perspective on where you are in your day, this might be the watch for you. Called the Midnight Planétarium, it features six of the solar system’s planets and an astounding 396 moving parts to make them orbit accurately. From Mercury’s quick 88-day orbit around the sun, to Earth’s 365 day trip (you knew that right?), the watch finishes with Saturn and its 29.5 year circle around the sun. Blazing a circle on the outer ring is a shooting star. [Read more...]

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Sew Your Own Home: Do Ho Suh Creates Ghostly Buildings Out of Transparent Fabric

Tuesday 02.11.2014 , Posted by
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For more than a decade Korean artist Do Ho Suh has been sewing homes. Yes, sewing. He employs silk and nylon to create ethereal copies of buildings – including homes he has lived in – carefully constructed to exact measurements of the real-life place. To see one in person is an overwhelming experience, leaving you impressed by scale, color and a superhuman ability to see through buildings. [Read more...]

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Bored on Your Commute? Grab Some Post-It Notes and Doodle!

Monday 02.10.2014 , Posted by
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What do you do when you have a long, boring commute? For illustrator October Jones the answer is simple – you give your fellow riders new geeky personas. Jones has been using the ubiquitous Post-It note at a sketch pad, peeling off a yellow page with characters like Spiderman, ET and The Incredible Hulk. [Read more...]

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Mapping the Running Routes of Major Cities… and the Secret One’s You Don’t Know About

Monday 02.10.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re like many of us data hungry people, you don’t just go running anymore. While you’re listening to your tunes pounding down the pavement, you’re also tracking where you are, how far you’ve run, how fast you’re going and even your elevation… all with a smartphone app. While that data on ourselves is highly useful, there’s often a big piece missing – everyone else. Nathan Yau, the statistics obsessed fellow at Flowing Data, recently pulled the pubic user information from the fantastic app Run Keeper, giving us a look at the popular running routes of major world cities… the results are fascinating, informative and reveal juicy runner secrets. [Read more...]

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A McDonalds Style Kitchen Made Completely Out of Wood

Sunday 02.09.2014 , Posted by
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Plenty of people have complained that fast food burgers taste like cardboard… but what about that flavor hitting the palate more like wood? Artist Roxy Paine has created that reality, building a McDonalds-like commercial kitchen completely out of wood… and we mean everything. [Read more...]

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Federico Babina Illustrates The Famous Sets of Classic Cinema

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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Federico Babina continues to roll out his architecture inspired interpretations of cinema, this time with a series of set elevations he’s calling ARCHISET. Each examples features a rectangular cutaway of a famous film, often pulling elements from multiple scenes to create one image. They are all entertaining, but like movies themselves, there are a few standouts. [Read more...]

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What if City Billboards Where Plastered with Art Instead of Ads?

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re the citizen of any world city, you’re used to seeing ads just about everywhere. From cosmetics models staring back at the bus stop, to flashing electronic billboards advertising bubbly sugar water, it’s hard to avoid being bombarded by advertising – subliminal or not. French artist Etienne Lavie has a solution that will make artists happy and ad execs sad: fill the city with art. Lavie has imagined replacing the many billboards of Paris with classic artworks, from Renaissance to Impressionism. [Read more...]

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