Visualizing the Movements of Chess Pieces Using Millions of Games

Every chess piece has a signature footprint after millions of moves. Using the 2.2 million chess games stored at Million Base, Steve Tung has visualized the movements of individual chess pieces across the board. Each of his images reveal that unique footprint and some of the most popular strategies used during a normal game.

This Visualization Will Help You Understand the Unbelievable Number of People Lost in WWII

The Fallen of World War II is a documentary visualization that gives us a heartrending perspective of the casualties lost during the conflict. Created by filmmaker Neil Halloran, the 18-minute short breaks down the war’s tragedies, stacking them into a sobering tally of the people who lost their lives.

With numbers reaching into the tens of millions, it is difficult to comprehend the magnitude of the war, or how it compares to the conflicts of today. But with Halloran’s exceptional comparisons and storytelling, the magnitude of World War II is made clear.

What’s the Best Way to Call Out Polluters and Advertise Your Air Filter Company? Try Projecting Crying Babies on Smog.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang declared a war on pollution last year, but despite efforts the problem continues to grow, leaving hundreds of thousands of citizens dead annually due to poor air quality. For their Breath Again campaign, Chinese air filter company Xiao Zhu took an unconventional approach to advertising their product and called out some of the countries biggest polluters in the the process. They did it by projecting crying babies on clouds of pollution.

What’s the Most Mentioned Car in Rap Music? It’s Not an Impala.

Luxury cars have always been a staple element in rap music. Snoop Dogg waxed lyrical about his ’64 Impala in ‘Still A G Thang’, and The Game has dropped seven major car brands into the songs he writes – but what car is the most popular? Medium crunched the numbers on lyrics from Rap Genius, and came up with the lowdown on what cars, and car brands top the rap world – and it’s not an Impala.

ONDU: A Pinhole Camera Launching With a Very Snappy Campaign

When it comes to getting projects off the ground, there’s nothing like Kickstarter. But, when it comes to Kickstarter, there’s nothing more important than a good campaign. ONDU is one of those projects. Elvis and Benjamin Halilović are the two brothers behind the slick little pinhole camera that combines good design with top-notch production to create a campaign that’s going sky high – already crushing their $20k funding goal by over $60k. Let’s look at a few aspects of this Kickstarter campaign that make it really snap.

Be Emperor of the Penguins with Daniel Rozin’s Bizarre New ‘Mirror’

We just covered Daniel Rozin and his collection of bizarre interactive ‘mirrors’ a few weeks ago, but this new creation can’t be missed. His ‘Penguins Mirror’ let’s you be emperor of the penguins – just stand in front of all 450 motorized stuffed animals and they turn their white bellies towards you reflecting your silhouette. Is it brilliant or just absurd? Probably the best of both, and a really good laugh too.

Michael Pecirno’s Minimalist Maps Reveal the Hidden Landscapes of America

London-based designer Michael Pecirno creates minimalist maps in an ongoing project to understand the landscape of the world. His work is exploratory, using a decidedly narrow set of data to see the unique patterns it creates across the land. In each case, the map is drawn with data points, leaving traditional physical and political borders to our imagination.

CONSTRVCT: Design Your Own Digitally Printed Fashion

There’s giving your customers what they want, and then there’s letting them do it themselves. CONSTRVCT is a forward thinking clothing company that recently built a 3D design tool to let just about anyone create custom clothing prints, even using their own imagery. It’s digitally printed fashion for the digital age.

Google’s Project Jacquard Weaves Touch Interfaces into Your Clothes

Smart textiles are one stitch closer to being a daily reality. Google’s Project Jacquard is experimenting with conductive threads woven into garments that transform nearly any area into a touch sensitive panel much like the screen on your smartphone.

The brainchild of Google’s Advanced Technology and Progress (ATAP) department, Project Jacquard was announced at their I/O developer conference in San Francisco (the same event which saw them announce a tiny hand gesture sensing radar).

The technology is seamlessly simple, and that’s the point. When touched, a grid of conductive threads send signals to a chip which translates them into simple controls for devices like smartphones or tablets. Want to crank the volume on that song you’re listening to? Just brush your sleeve.

This Billboard Features Digital Parking Helpers

Squeezing your car into a tight parallel parking spot is never easy, but if you have help it’s a whole lot better. Fiat took that idea pretty far with a new ad campaign created by Leo Burnett Germany. Using a digital screen and a series of very helpful actors, they used custom software and a set of sensors to measure the distance behind a driver’s rear bumper. They then synchronized the images of the actors to neatly guide them into the spot.