Data + Design Project

An Insanely Detailed Boeing 777 Airliner Made from Only Manilla Folders

Thursday 12.04.2014 , Posted by
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Ever since he was a junior in high school, San Francisco-based designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart has dreamed of owning a Boeing 777… only his will be made out of cut manilla folders. Most paper models are pretty simple, but Luca is creating something so complex it boggles the mind. The jets body opens to reveal what you’d expect – seating for business through coach replicated down to the tiniest detail. But that’s just the start of the realism. Landing gear retracts, pivots and has all the hydraulic pistons you’d see on the real thing. Jet engines have realistically shaped fan blades and transform for reverse thrust on landing. Unbelievably, that’s all on a model built to 1:60 scale. [Read more…]

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These Close-Up Bug Eyes Will Trip You Out

Friday 08.29.2014 , Posted by
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Get close to a bug… then get closer. Indonesian photographer Yudy Sauw is capturing some of the most incredible macro shots we’ve seen, giving us an eye-to-compound-eye view of lots of insects and revealing the often beautiful details of their viewing apparatus. In some images the insects are covered in tiny water droplets, magnifying and mirroring the shape of their eyes, in others the iridescent eyes stare back at us with striking symmetry. [Read more…]

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Every Day for Four Years: This Artist Builds Quirky Dioramas from Household Items

Wednesday 08.06.2014 , Posted by
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Nobody would discount the difficulty of doing a 365 Project or the challenge of sticking to one theme for an entire year – but Japanese artist Tanaka Tatsuya has been doing his creative work every day for the past 4 years. That is impressive. He’s been using everyday objects from around the house – from broccoli and plastic water bottles, to loaves of bread and toilet paper – and transforming them into tiny dioramas that are large on humor. [Read more…]

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A Picture Shows How Wasps Develop… You Don’t Want to Look at it Before Bed.

Wednesday 07.16.2014 , Posted by
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There’s not many things that strike fear into a grown man’s heart like the sight of a wasp. Those little buggers pack a sting and bite so painful it will change you for good. With that in mind, this picture is sure to haunt your dreams.

…then again, if you’re into science, this is fascinating! [Read more…]

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This Art Is In The Bag: Beautiful Landscapes Made From Common Trash

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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The last time that you saw a plastic bag abandoned in a gutter, did you think of it as street art? Artist Vilde J. Rolfsen turns trash into treasure in her efforts to “make plastic bags look magical.” Illuminating the delicate creases of ordinary plastic bags, Vilde creates vibrant, abstract images that evoke mountainous terrains, cresting waves, and frigid caves.  [Read more…]

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Oak Or Cloak? These Plywood Creations Play With Your Eyes

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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Forget those camo pants you had in 1998: plywood artist Ron Isaacs pairs camouflage and clothing in a way that defies any fashion trend. Beginning with sheets of birch, the artist creates elegant constructions of clothing, flora, and found objects. He then paints his otherworldly sculptures in an astounding trompe l’oeil style, leaving the viewer wondering if what looks like fabric may simply be fabrication. [Read more…]

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Coffee Drawings Change Up The Daily Grind

Monday 04.07.2014 , Posted by
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For Liv Buranday, perhaps the best part of waking up is Folgers all over her tabletop. Initially inspired by her father’s love of his morning cup of joe, the Philippines-based artist sculpts dark-roasted coffee grounds into charming, textured characters using toothpicks and glue. Complementing her silhouettes with objects such as branches and leaves, Buranday composes her illustrations almost completely out of ordinary organic materials–all while adding a strong dose of whimsy along the way. [Read more…]

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Beautful Sea Sponges & Coral in Motion: Captured Over 9 Months in 150,000 Shots

Friday 04.04.2014 , Posted by
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To find alien life you don’t have to go to space. Just a short trip under the sea will reveal a world completely foreign to most eyes; one filled with animals that could have jumped off the screen of James Cameron’s Avatar – bizarre anatomy, eating habits, wild colors and all. And, just like the plants in Avatar, these creatures are vitally important to our environment. [Read more…]

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Penny Sized Drawings Put The Wild West In Your Pocket

Monday 03.31.2014 , Posted by
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San Diego-based artist Sam Larson creates one pretty penny with his charming frontier-inspired miniatures. Through his illustrations of cowboys and campgrounds, that are no bigger than a coin, Larson makes microscopic vistas out of dramatic topography and iconography of the West. [Read more…]

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Butterfly & Moth Wings Are Even More Beautiful Up Close

Thursday 03.27.2014 , Posted by
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Butterflies and moths are already appreciated for their beauty, but if you look really close, you might think they’re even more stunning. Biochemist and photographer Linden Gledhill enjoys looking at things on a macro level, capturing everything from soap film and ferro fluid, to flower petals and insects in flight… way up close. In this series he’s looking at the delicate wings of moths and butterflies so closely that the surface of their wings reveal themselves to be multi-colored scales, like those found on a fish or reptiles, only much, much smaller. [Read more…]

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