Data + Design Project

Erik Solheim Took 3888 Pictures of His Yard to Capture The Four Seasons in One Image

Monday 12.01.2014 , Posted by
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Eirik Solheim spent an entire year capturing the changing seasons from one window of his house in Oslo, Norway. The artist, hacker and all-around interesting fellow was using an old SLR set to capture one image every 30 minutes for the whole year (this was back in 2010). When the year was over he selected 3,888 images from the 16000 total (to match the 3888×2592 pixel resolution of his camera). Then he used a custom script to take the first line of pixels from the first image, the second line from the second image, and so on. In the resulting picture, we see January on the left and December on the right. The whole year arrayed in one-pixel-wide slices. Fantastic. [Read more…]

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Hyper-realistic Drawings on Wood Boards

Friday 11.28.2014 , Posted by
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I see a LOT of hyper-realistic work these days, but when I ran across these creations by Ivan Hoo, they actually fooled me for a minute. Look at the two Starbucks cups below and you’ll see what I mean (no they’re not the same). [Read more…]

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On Black Friday, This Flow Chart Asks: Should I Buy This?

Friday 11.28.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re not already standing in line today waiting to score some sweet deals, this flowchart might just give you second thoughts on this all-American of shopping days. Should you buy it? Or should it stay on the shelves? [Read more…]

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Take a Guided Tour of the Crowded Airspace Above the UK

Thursday 11.27.2014 , Posted by
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At this time of year nearly everyone is winging off to see their family, and in the UK that means seriously busy airspace. Welcome to a typical day in the UK, where 6,000 flights, from commercial to military and general aviation, share the skies over the country. Air traffic control company NATS has created a beautiful, near immersive, visualization detailing all that traffic. The complex work they do is impressive. [Read more…]

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What Happens When You Remove the People from Classic Paintings?

Thursday 11.27.2014 , Posted by
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Our eyes have a special place for the human face and figure. In almost any image we see, that’s where our eyes go first. But what if those eye-catching humans were removed? Spanish artist José Manuel Ballester did that with his series “Hidden spaces” (Espacios occultos), removing all the people from classic paintings to reveal the scene left behind. You’ve never noticed the background like this before. [Read more…]

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3D Sculpt in Virtual Reality With an Oculus Rift, Then 3D Print It

Wednesday 11.26.2014 , Posted by
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The ultimate dream for many designers is to quickly make objects with their hands, but the real world has some real limits. Enter VRClay, an application that lets you sculpt in the air using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Razer Hydra gaming controllers. Just like building something with tools, this software would allow intuitive 3D model creation in a building space, almost like real life. It’s a fantastic leap into the future of creativity. [Read more…]

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This Sauna Takes the Edge Off the Cold, and Conventional Sauna Design

Tuesday 11.25.2014 , Posted by
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Conventional sauna design has been using angular shapes for a long time, and that’s something a bit at odds with lounging comfortably in the heat. What if that warm wood interior could be curvaceous, soft to the touch, and even the eyes? The people at design firm Partisans have created just that with their recent project called Grotto. It might be the most beautiful sauna we’ve ever seen. [Read more…]

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Fanny Hands Lane & Sally’s Bottom: Maps of Britain’s Slightly Rude and Just Plain Silly Place Names

Tuesday 11.25.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever hopped off a flight to London and taken the Underground into the city, you were treated to something remarkably British. Over the loudspeaker a soothing voice announces without a bit of a giggle, that you are on the train bound for… Cockfosters. It’s a name that would raise most english speaker’s eyebrows, but not the English themselves. Welcome to Great Britain, home of very silly names. [Read more…]

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This Was “The Phone of Tomorrow” in 1956… and They Got Almost Everything Right!

Monday 11.24.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not too often that old technology predictions come true… I mean, I still haven’t seen an amphibious battleship… but an article from the September 1956 issue of Modern Mechanix got just about everything right when they talked about “Your Telephone of Tomorrow”. The opening line: “Future may bring push-button dialing, videophones, direct calls anywhere on earth and pocket-sized sets.” Hey, that sounds a lot like my latest smart phone. It took almost 5 decades to make the article’s predictions come true, but hey, they even predicted that right! [Read more…]

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Precisely Layered Ceramic Sculptures by Matthew Chambers

Monday 11.24.2014 , Posted by
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It takes an exceptionally talented hand to form something as precise as these concentric vessels, regardless of the material, but Matthew Chambers uses clay. His impeccably detailed orbs are formed from individual sections thrown on a potter’s wheel, then meticulously assembled into the sculptures that you see here. The meaning is left up to us, whether we want to see onion rings, or the layers of another dimension. [Read more…]

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