Data + Design Project

Shoe Fetish: Sneaker Sculptures Made From Cigarette Packs

Thursday 10.17.2013 , Posted by

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When you’re young, the objects you covet are often different than when you mature. For Jason Ruff it was the sporty and rebellious combination of sneakers and cigarettes. Now he’s mixed those two “unattainable objects of my youth” in an unlikely combination: sneaker sculptures made from cigarette packaging. [Read more...]

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“Made in America” Cast Iron Skillets of the 48 Contiguous States

Wednesday 10.16.2013 , Posted by

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There’s nothing better for cooking than a good ol’ fashioned cast iron skillet, except for these amazing creations by Wisconsin artist Alisa Toninato. The 30 year old metal designer began crafting cast iron pans in the shape of her home state, Wisconsin. When this was well-received, she decided to complete the whole Mid-West region, and then had a dream to do the entire map of the contiguous states! With the help of a monetary boost from her Kickstarter campaign, she was able to achieve her dream with a complete 48 state map, which she called “Made in America.” She debuted the piece at ArtPrize, which led to her meeting Martha Stewart twice and getting featured on her show. [Read more...]

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Realistic Street Scenes Created Using Model Cars, Forced-Perspective and a $250 Point & Shoot Camera

Wednesday 10.16.2013 , Posted by

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Some guys never grow up. For example, I can’t walk by a Hot Wheels toy car display without coveting those tiny 4-wheeled machines – something about my youthful car lust comes back to me. Michael Paul Smith is doing something about it though. This model maker, collector and photographer has been creating inspired forced perspective shots using his small-scale vintage cars, making them look as real as a movie set – or reality for those who remember. [Read more...]

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Artist Duo Transforms Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Painting Into A 3D Printed Sculpture

Tuesday 10.15.2013 , Posted by

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We’ve seen how 3d printing technologies have been used to reproduce exact replicas of classical paintings, but now husband and wife duo Rob and Nick carter have taken it to a new level. The London-based artists have teamed up with creative studio MPC to transform Van Gogh’s two dimensional Sunflowers painting into a 3d sculpture, bringing his brush strokes and details into a palpable form. They began with a computerized base mesh model to gather data to comprehend the volume of the work. Once their model was complete, they were ready to bring the piece to life, printing it out on the Projet 3500 with a material called Visijet-x, then casting it in silicon bronze for a final touch. [Read more...]

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40 Weeks and a Mirror: One Woman’s Pregnancy in 10 Beautiful Photos

Tuesday 10.15.2013 , Posted by

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The miracle of pregnancy is so wonderful that women willingly go through morning sickness, back aches, and a pain that men can not even fathom to bring a new life into the world. Argentinian photographer Sophie Starzenski documented her beautiful progression in a simple set of ten photographs. With her Canon blocking her face, she captured a monthly shot of her body’s transformation in a mirror. The selfie snapshots show her growing bump, with a special surprise reveal at the end. The series, which she calls “Proyecto Pyokko” (Pyokko is a nickname for her new bundle of joy), is as perfectly composed as the precious infant she created. [Read more...]

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Now and Then: Aged Faces of Centenarians Are Restored to Youth

Tuesday 10.15.2013 , Posted by

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Both expectations and memory are funny things. For the youth of the world, they never expect to get old… but it slowly sneaks up on everyone. For the old, it’s often hard to remember just what it was to be youthful. This captivating series puts the effect of aging front and center, showing captivating images of elderly people and then a quick sweep back to their youth in the same pose. [Read more...]

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Art Wars: Famous Artists Remix the Famous Star Wars Storm Trooper Helmet (Coming to the London Underground)

Tuesday 10.15.2013 , Posted by

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This Thursday, London’s Regent’s Park Underground station will be ‘turning the dark side into the art side.’ Ben Moore, founder of Art Below has teamed up with Andrew Ainsworth, the original creator of the Stormtrooper, to pay tribute to the iconic soldiers of the Galactic Empire. The project sees stormtrooper helmets left to the creative force of artists including Damien Hirst, David Bailey, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mr Brainwash, Paul Fryer and Joana Vasconcelos… all putting their signature remix on the iconic form. [Read more...]

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25 Over The Top Latte Art Designs

Tuesday 10.15.2013 , Posted by

Ever since coffee shops in Seattle started making unique designs in their lattes about 20 years ago, baristas all over the world have followed suit. These days there are even international competitions for the best design and as a result the level of intricacy and creativity has continually been set higher every year. These 25 over the top latte art designs come to you straight from the best! [Read more...]

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Brilliant Suspensions In Time: High-Speed Liquid Photography

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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Thankfully, oil and ink don’t mix–which makes these dazzling photographs by Alberto Seveso possible. In his “Dropping” series, the Italian artist drips colored inks into oil, photographs the splash, then flips the resulting image upside down. The collision of oil and ink results in an exuberant dance of suspended droplets, which Seveso documents as saturated molten sculptures. [Read more...]

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How Creatives Work: Frank Lloyd Wright

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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Frank Lloyd Wright was a complex individual to understand. He was celebrated as a genius architect, which he undoubtedly was, but he was also an incredibly complex and flawed individual.

Wright is undeniably on the top of the list of great architects of history. He designed some of the greatest buildings of the twentieth century including Fallingwater, The Guggenheim Museum, The Imperial Hotel, the Johnson Wax Office Building, and his groundbreaking Prairie Style and Usonian houses. His buildings were an attractive organic-looking alternative to the boxiness of conventional Modernism. He used natural materials, preserved ornament, and hand-craft in construction. He emphasized the horizontal over the vertical, against the grain of the growth of skyscraper oriented cities which he detested. [Read more...]

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