Data + Design Project

300,000 Photos of Riots, Wildfires, and Paintings in Abandoned Houses to Create this Monumental Time-Lapse

Tuesday 09.23.2014 , Posted by
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This short film is truly monumental. Film-maker Jeff Frost spent two years capturing 300,000 photos of street riots, wildfires and abandoned houses in the desert to create a time-lapse that goes way beyond anything we’ve seen. Many of his scenes look too surreal to come straight from the camera’s lens, but with the help of paint and on location lighting, he’s created the piece without any post-production graphics or digital effects. Simply fantastic. [Read more...]

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What Happened When ’40s Cartoonists Drew Their Famous Characters While Blindfolded?

Monday 09.22.2014 , Posted by
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What happened in 1947 when Life Magazine asked comic strip artists to draw their famous characters while blindfolded? From the looks of the second illustration in each pairing below, some incredibly mixed results. [Read more...]

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Burlesque Performers, Before and After Transforming Into Character

Monday 09.22.2014 , Posted by
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In its essence, burlesque is an exaggeration of society’s beauty standards to an extreme degree, a confrontation with preconceived assumptions about sensuality, power and gender. Still, it’s surprising to witness the incredible transformation these performers go through in each of these before and after photographs. Fashion photographer Sean Scheidt created the series ‘Burlesque’ as a personal project [Read more...]

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This Satirical Facebook Art Is Pure Genius

Monday 09.22.2014 , Posted by
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Facebook. It’s a name that has come to represent many different things, and Polish artist/cartoonist Pawel Kuczynski has hit on most of them in his satirical series featuring the site’s iconic lower-case “f”. Far from hopping on the usual “invasion of privacy” bandwagon, Pawel explores the positive sides of the social media site too – from how convenient it makes connecting with people, to its use as a tool for social justice. In each of his images the blue “f” is present, acting as an integral character in the story Pawel is telling. [Read more...]

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How Scotland Voted, Council by Council

Friday 09.19.2014 , Posted by
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It’s official, the Scottish have chosen to stay with the United Kingdom after the historic vote on September 18th. Just how close was the decision? A margin of 55% voted to stay with the UK, while 45% voted for Scottish independence, with a large 85% of voters turning out. It was a decisive victory for those wanting to retain the connection to England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and as this map from The Economist details, most of Scotland’s 32 councils supported the No vote. [Read more...]

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Paintings for Ants: One Tiny Painting Every Day for One Year

Friday 09.19.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re looking at these images on a computer screen, they’re far larger than life. Lorraine Loots has a phenomenal talent for creating paintings so small they’re dwarfed by the tools used to make them. The Cape Town-based artist created these pieces as part of a long running 365-day project, making one new illustration per day in her series “Paintings for Ants”. [Read more...]

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How Common is Your Birthday? Graphing Birth Patterns in the USA

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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Just how common is your birthday? Do you share your cake-day with 5 friends and a co-worker every year? Or, did you have the hospital to yourself the day you were born? Redditor UCanDoEat recently put together an excellent series of data visualizations detailing birthday patterns in the US… and they reveal some striking trends on when (and perhaps why) our society gives birth. [Read more...]

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Walk and Work in this Human-Sized Hamster Wheel

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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Study after study has shown that sitting down is killing us… but we still do it all the time at sedentary jobs with uncomfortable chairs. You’ve probably run across ‘treadmill desks’ at some point (no pun intended), but have you ever seen a human-sized hamster wheel? Instructables builders Robb Godshaw and wrdwise recently built a gigantic wooden one, and it’s large enough for a human AND their desk to fit inside. They launched their project with this spirited call to action (and production):

“Rise up, sedentary sentients, and unleash that untapped potential within by marching endlessly towards a brilliant future of focused work. Step forward into a world of infinite potential, bounded only by the smooth arcs of a wheel. Step forward into the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk that will usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity.”

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How Have We Changed? The Same Locations Filmed 100-Years-Later

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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A lot of the world has changed in the past 100 years, but a lot has stayed the same too. Dutch photographer Frits de Beer has re-shot the locations of a vintage film featuring his home city, Alkmaar as it appeared a century ago in 1914. This simultaneous glimpse at the past and present reveals just how much things have remained the same for certain places in the world – especially when it comes to architecture. [Read more...]

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Artist Reaches Out and Touches His Hyperrealistic Paintings

Tuesday 09.16.2014 , Posted by
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Venezuelan artist Gustavo Silva Nuñez paints people so realistically it looks like he can reach out and touch them. In fact, he’s been posting pictures that look just like that. His recent hyperrealistic paintings are an exploration of people in water – swimming, floating, exploding from the surface – with each tiny droplet rendered so believably you would think the canvas was wet. In his whimsical progress shots, Nuñez reaches out, seemingly holding his subjects in place as he puts on the finishing touches. Be sure to check out his fantastic work on Instagram and Facebook. [Read more...]

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