Data + Design Project

A Magically Colorful House in the Woods

Wednesday 11.05.2014 , Posted by
Katwise cabin 1

Over the past few years artist Kat O’Sullivan (aka “Katwise”) has been transforming her Woodstock, New York home into a rainbow of crazy colors. I don’t even think we’ve seen a cartoon this bright before, but strangely enough, it fits into the natural landscape wonderfully. The place is now surrounded by wildflowers and appropriately called “Calico”. [Read more…]

Share:

This New Acoustic Instrument Sounds Like a Digital Synthesizer

Tuesday 11.04.2014 , Posted by
Yaybahar

This new stringed instrument from Turkish musician Görkem Şen bridges the gap between the unplugged goodness of acoustic instruments, and the space aged sounds of a synthesizer. But don’t be fooled, this is purely acoustic – no electricity is involved.

He calls his creation the Yaybahar, and plays it with a variety of methods from striking and stroking the horizontal springs with a mallet, to percussion techniques on the two round drum-like membranes, or plucking, strumming and using a bow on the vertical strings. The Yaybahar provides such a wide range of sounds – from beautiful to grating – that we could see it creating all sorts of compelling new music. [Read more…]

Share:

This Annual Report was Hand Sewn With Love

Tuesday 11.04.2014 , Posted by
100714_Blog_2

Unless you’re obsessed with tables of numbers, most annual reports are about as thrilling as… well, tables and numbers. Add some well honed creativity however, and they can be seriously compelling. Take this example from the women empowering crew at Krochet Kids. In this case, the report’s art and even data visualizations are very appropriately hand sewn with thread – and it’s beautiful. [Read more…]

Share:
Advertisement

With Just a Light Gesture: Italian Quarry Boss Drops Huge Blocks of Marble

Monday 11.03.2014 , Posted by
Il Capo

Filmmaker Yuri Ancarani spent nearly a year filming the marble quarry on Monte Bettolgi in Northwest Italy. The otherworldly landscape of stone is captured in his documentary “Il Capo” (The Chief), which focuses on the quarry boss and his silent gestures which direct the action. Under his guidance massive blocks of marble are cut from the mountain and fall with a ground shaking crash. Captivating and surprisingly satisfying. [Read more…]

Share:

This Danish Orchestra Ate the World’s Hottest Chili Peppers Before Playing

Monday 11.03.2014 , Posted by
Orchestra Eats Chilis

Members of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra recently played Tango Jalousie under the influence of one powerful substance: the world’s hottest chili peppers. Before performing the piece (by Danish composer Jacob Gade) each member downed one super-spicy chili: a Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Blend or a Ghost Chili. These professionals held it together impressively… almost to the very end (a lot more impressive than standing there, like that video of 1,000 people eating ghost chilies that went viral earlier this year). [Read more…]

Share:
Advertisement

Nick Gentry Paints Striking Portraits on Old Film Negatives

Monday 11.03.2014 , Posted by
Nick Gentry Negative Paintings 1

If these images look familiar, it’s because you’ve seen the media remixing work of Nick Gentry before. The last time we featured the London-based artist, he’d painted impressive portraits on discarded floppy disks, perfectly matching each figure to the square/round shape of the digital format. Now he’s created a series of portraits that continue his passion for repurposing defunct media, using old film negatives as a striking gossamer canvas. [Read more…]

Share:

20 Families That Went Totally Overboard for Halloween

Friday 10.31.2014 , Posted by
Halloween Houses 1

For most people a simple Jack-o’-lantern on the front porch is enough for Halloween. Then there are families like these.

Suddenly their home becomes a miniature version of The Addams Family mansion, only it’s stuck in suburbia. Or, if you’re like one of the images here – there’s a full-on diorama of a Ghostbusters scene in the front yard. This is some next-level decorating, and we approve! [Read more…]

Share:

This Incredible Dad Creates Halloween Costumes for His Wheelchair Bound Son

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
Stepdad builds amazing wheelchair costumes 3

This Colorado stepdad is a real champ. For the last 3 years he’s been creating fantastic costumes for his wheelchair bound stepson, who’s now 6 years old. Each costume took around 15-30 hours to complete using just cardboard, duct tape and spray paint. [Read more…]

Share:
Advertisement

“Let’s Put Pumpkin in Everything!” The Numbers Behind The Pumpkin Foods We Love and Hate

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
141027_Microsoft.MSL.Pumpkins-rg.jk

The saying might not be “as American as ‘pumpkin pie’ ,” but it might as well be. With autumn comes the wafting scent of the famous desert, along with a growing cornucopia of pumpkin based creations, from sweet treats to alcoholic drinks. Not everything is making our mouths water, however. Microsoft Social Listening went to work, finding out what people loved and loathed, and what was getting discussed the most online this season. The numbers Microsoft uncovered are more than a little surprising. [Read more…]

Share:

A Meditation on Balance: New Stone Work from Michael Grab

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
Michael Grab Gravity Glue 1

It takes a love of nature, a lot of patience, and very steady hands to create work like Michael Grab’s balanced stones. The Boulder Colorado-based artist (covered previously) spends long meditative hours in the woods, finding stones large and small, and placing them at seemingly impossible rest atop their pointed end. Captured in exceptional photographs, his work contains that rare and poetic balance between stillness and motion. [Read more…]

Share:
Page 7 of 2013456789101112