Data + Design Project

Paper Sculptures from an Icon of Industrial Design

Friday 10.05.2012 , Posted by

The name Irving Harper is associated with some seriously iconic creations in the design world. As design director for the Nelson Office, he was responsible for some of the most memorable objects of the twentieth century, from the Marshmallow Sofa, to the Ball clock and even the Herman Miller logo. What most people don’t know is that he was also a prolific paper sculptor, spending nearly 50 years of his life working on fantastically beautiful creations at his home in Rye, New York. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #283 > One Droid, Two Droid, Red Droid…

Wednesday 10.03.2012 , Posted by

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Safety, Speed, Comfort: Rare Posters of World Travel

Monday 10.01.2012 , Posted by

Before you could easily jet-set around the world, reaching your destination in only a matter of hours, the prospect of world travel was far more slow… and probably more exciting. Now Zeitlos, a Berlin based purveyor of vintage design, is opening an exhibition of rare travel posters from the dawn of world travel. Featuring ocean liners, fast (and safe) trains, airplanes and even a few rare zeppelins, the posters are beautiful examples of the exciting time when foreign lands seemed further away… and even more foreign. [Read more...]

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Google Maps Images Become Vintage Postcards

Saturday 09.22.2012 , Posted by

When I first saw these vintage looking postcards, I thought they were just really excellent aerial photographs from yesteryear. Businesses, schools, sports fields and shipping yards dominate the subjects, with faded vintage colors and the marks of swift travels through the post kept the illusion going. The images could easily be from the bustling, expanding world of the 1950s or 1960s… but they’re not. [Read more...]

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1902: First Color Films From the End of the Victorian Era

Monday 09.17.2012 , Posted by

Neglected and forgotten for the last 110 years, the world’s first color film has recently been discovered and restored by the UK’s National Media Museum. Created in 1902, only a few short years after the invention of the motion picture itself and far before even color photography was common, the film and its discovery is an exciting new landmark in the history of film. [Read more...]

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Vietnam: Old Photos Become Windows Into the Past

Wednesday 09.12.2012 , Posted by

Looking at old photographs, we often wonder just how much a place has changed. Vietnamese photographer Khánh Hmoong wondered that about his home country and found a window into the past using old photos. He’s now created a beautiful series of photographs which juxtapose the old images against a backdrop of the country as it appears today. What he reveals is a country both drastically changed, and yet surprisingly the same. [Read more...]

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The San Francisco Earthquake: Merging Then and Now

Monday 09.10.2012 , Posted by

In the early morning hours of April 18th, 1906, San Franciscans awoke to a quick jolt beneath them. Then, following a short pause, the hilly city shook with ferocious intensity for 42 seconds. Streets buckled like ribbon, buildings toppled killing horses and people below… and that was just the beginning. Following the initial impact of the earthquake, fires broke out around the city. Many were started by inexperienced firefighters who, in attempts to build firebreaks by dynamiting destroyed buildings, ignited ruptured gas mains. 30 fires burned for 4 days and 4 nights, ultimately destroying approximately 25,000 buildings on 490 city blocks. The once beautiful city was brought to its knees. [Read more...]

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Mugshot Doppelgänger: Old Mugs Get Celebrity Faces

Friday 09.07.2012 , Posted by

We’re used to seeing the mugshots of celebrities on everything from TMZ to the latest grocery store tabloid covers… and whether we want to know or not, the stories of their problems seem to trickle down to us from the television, the paper or the the water cooler gossip at work. But, what if those familiar stories were removed from the context we are used to and placed in a past much like our own current era. These images take the familiar mugshot expressions of modern celebrities and place them on the mugshots of moonshiners, prostitutes and thieves from the 1920s. The vintage images have the effect of making us look at these modern miscreants with a new eye, perhaps reevaluating their humanity or even reimagining their storied pasts. [Read more...]

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Vintage Instructions: Hand Shadows Create Animals

Thursday 09.06.2012 , Posted by

It’s hard to say when making figures using the shadows of our hands started, but it probably originated on the walls of caves lit by the dancing flames of an ancient fire. Through the ages the art progressed to include animals, people and characters of all sorts, culminating in the late 19th century when French entertainer Félicien Trewey popularized the technique by making the silhouettes of famous figures. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #260> A Vintage Collection

Monday 08.27.2012 , Posted by

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