Data + Design Project

Looking Back at the 90 Year Evolution of The Winter Olympics Poster

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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The XXII Winter Olympic games have just begun in Sochi, Russia. Since the first Winter games took place in 1924 there are many things that have evolved; from an increase in the amount of competing countries, to the variety of the sports included… and it’s all reflected in the style of the official Olympic posters announcing the event. The designs for the games have changed drastically through the years, mirroring the fashions and trends of the time. [Read more...]

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Scott Expedition: Greatest Polar Exploration Story Ever Told

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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The South Pole is the uttermost end of the Earth, and it has been over a century since anyone has tried to retrace the ill-fated steps of Captain Robert Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition. – the 1,800-mile return journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole on foot. British adventurers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere have set out to complete the longest unsupported polar journey in history, the Scott Expedition, along the same route Scott succumbed to in 1912. The men are now in the final week of hauling their heavy sleds across the coldest, windiest, most inhospitable place in the world – and they’ve been doing it for more than a quarter of a year. [Read more...]

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Before They Pass Away: Powerful Images of Vanishing Indigenous People Groups

Wednesday 02.05.2014 , Posted by
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In a world that is rapidly developing and merging each day, it is more important than ever to preserve the unique traditions of indigenous cultures across the globe. One photographer embarked on a worldwide journey to document vanishing indigenous people groups. With the goal to document every existing indigenous culture, British photographer Jimmy Nelson packed his 50 year old plate-film camera and traveled away. [Read more...]

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Real Life Portraits of Mermaids by Hana Vojakova

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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London based photographer Hana Vojakova has brought the mythological mermaid to real settings around the world. Her series is titled Milk & Sea and saw these aquatic women transported to locations from Portugal and England, to Iceland and Italy. Her models wore clothing on their top halves that was representative of the particular country they were from, and brought an added reality to her myth based work. She tells Co. Design: [Read more...]

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Photos of Bizarre Post-Soviet Era Buildings

Monday 02.03.2014 , Posted by
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Photographer Frank Herfort had one mission when he embarked on a 15,000 mile road-trip tour of post-USSR countries: to capture the most bizarre architecture in the land. After the Soviet Union fell, many cities previously under communist rule began to build grandiose, colorful structures – many with the intention to impress and symbolize a new day. Herfort traveled from Moscow to the Russian/Chinese border on the eastern side and everywhere in between. [Read more...]

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Pencil vs. Camera Goes Huge: 3D Charcoal and Pencil Drawings by Ben Heine

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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Belgian artist Ben Heine creates amazing 3D charcoal and pencil drawings. What looks like the backdrop to a regular photo shoot is really a large scale canvas Ben is using to create his next monumental art project. His drawings are so fascinating because they jump off the page at you! They mix drawing and photography, imagination and reality; and while many artists are confined to a small workspace, Ben looks like he gets a full-body workout creating his pieces. These works continue on Ben’s best known series, Pencil vs Camera, which he started in 2010. [Read more...]

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Heather Brown’s Chill Hawaiian Surf Art

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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Heather Brown has been blowing up in Hawaii for the past few years with her surf and island inspired illustrations. Drawing with bold colors and heavy black lines, the local wahine has made quite the name for herself. Her work is featured in dozens of galleries, and in 2010 she won best artist in Hawaii. While her originals used to fetch $30-40 a piece, they now can sell for up to $15,000. [Read more...]

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Chineasy: A Building Block Way to Learn Chinese

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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The Chinese language is filled with a vast number of complex characters, and is thus known for being one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn. China is a growing country, both in population and commerce. It won’t be long before people around the world will find a need to speak Chinese, as tech innovation makes the distance between the East and West smaller. Understanding the difficult task of learning Chinese, London-based Chinese language teacher Shao Lan created Chineasy — a website and system that allows people to read and learn Chinese easier by recognizing characters through simple illustrations and videos.  [Read more...]

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Momentage: A Community for the New Creatives

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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When we all saw the awesome new idea of Instagram hitting the scene like it did a few years ago, it has always been hard to imagine someone creating something to rival it. While some have ripped off the idea, designed it somewhat differently, and slapped a new name on it, feeling like they’ve added to the conversation, in reality, they may be missing the point. They’re just repeating the person who spoke before them. This is not the case with San Francisco based startup Momentage. Momentage is a community for the new creatives. [Read more...]

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Abandoned Sixties Lounge is in Need of Some Love

Monday 01.27.2014 , Posted by
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Out in the vibrant city of Lisbon, Portugal remains an architectural gem that is in need of some tender love and care. Originally a thriving hip restaurant, the building is now an abandoned shell – with a surprising amount of style remaining. It provides one of the most spectacular views of the city skyline and of the surrounding landscape. [Read more...]

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