Data + Design Project

Ghost Estates: Unoccupied Reminders of Ireland’s Housing Boom

Tuesday 08.12.2014 , Posted by
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For a few months in 2005, I lived in Ireland. At the time, the country was bustling with a property boom – and large 4 bedroom houses were springing up in remote towns far from centers that could provide employment for any new population. They were often called ‘holiday homes’ because nobody expected the future inhabitants to find, or even want, jobs.

From the mid-1990s to 2006 house prices in the Republic of Ireland increased, a prosperous time referred to as the Celtic Tiger. Then, in 2008 with the start of the global financial crisis, all that came to a halt.

Irish-born photographer Valérie Anex (who grew up in Switzerland) traveled the northern and western regions of the country documenting the developments that have never been occupied. The eerie places are called ‘Ghost Estates’. [Read more...]

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Watch Out Monsters… These Kids Fight Back

Tuesday 08.12.2014 , Posted by
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So there’s a monster in the closet? Under the bed? No big deal… at least for the kids in French photographer/digital retoucher Laure Fauvel’s series ‘Terreurs.’ The children in her images are fighting back, and they’re armed. [Read more...]

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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round…Thanks to These Fine London Bus Drivers

Sunday 08.10.2014 , Posted by
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In the daily hustle and bustle, many people rely on public transportation, but do we ever pause from our busy lives to look at the people taking us from place to place? London-based photographer Joel Devlin offers a glimpse into the front window of the bus at the drivers who help make the city move. Aside from capturing their lovely portraits, many of the pictures also show a reflection of the architecture of London surrounding the driver in the reflection of the window. [Read more...]

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Amazing New Contemporary Art by DCastro

Saturday 08.09.2014 , Posted by
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Attracted to art at a young age, Dcastro was born in Coromandel, Brazil and expressed himself through drawings, paintings, and sculptures throughout his childhood. By the time he reached adolescence, he was displaying his works in the cultural centers and galleries of Uberlândia, Brazil. But when he reached 18, he began working as a banker, which kept him from focusing entirely on his art. While he spent nearly 18 years in this profession, he still managed to create one mixed media series. In 2008, he went back to his artistic passions full time and left his banking career to devote his life to art. He now lives in Venice Beach, CA and his paintings have been showcased at the gallery of Brazilian Consulate in Los Angeles as well as permanent pieces on the set of Showtime’s Californication and House of Lies. His art is like a peek into another reality; the more you look at each piece, the more details you discover. [Read more...]

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“Handimals:” Guido Daniele Paints Strikingly Realistic Animals on Hands

Saturday 08.09.2014 , Posted by
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Body painting seems to be everywhere at the moment, but Guido Daniele focuses on just one part of that canvas: the hands. After working as a hyper-realistic illustrator, he took a pioneering leap and applied his airbrush skills to the body throughout the ‘90s. Then in the 2000’s he narrowed his focus to just the hands – creating a series he calls “Handimals.” [Read more...]

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Cutting Records: A Pun Filled Sculpture

Thursday 08.07.2014 , Posted by
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You’ve probably heard the term “cutting records” before, but designer/artist David Rinman has visualized what that could mean from a whole different angle. His pun filled sausage sculpture sees a gigantic knife cutting full-sized LPs from its end. Rinman warped the vinyl on the next cut, creating what looks to be a tasty slice of sound. [Read more...]

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The Most Dapper Animals You’ve Ever Seen

Wednesday 08.06.2014 , Posted by
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You don’t have to be rich or even human to have good style. Just look at these classy animals in vintage gentleman’s wear. These classy pieces are the work of LA-based artist Alexander Houlton. He combines Photoshop with woodworking with the goal of “making people smile uncontrollably.” For this series “Animals in an Animal World” Houlton used Photoshop to replace human heads from vintage photos, which he found online in public domain libraries, with the heads of various animals. He then adhered each print onto wood, which he cut with a powered handheld jigsaw, and burned it with a torch to give it the vintage feel. He did an amazing job sizing the heads and matching them with the perfect outfit and pose. [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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Humongous Turtle Made Out of Old Scrap Metal

Tuesday 08.05.2014 , Posted by
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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Indonesian artist Ono Gaf creates large scale sculptures by welding together thousands of pieces of metal scraps from bicycles, cars, and machines. With his signature steampunk style, his most recent piece is this gigantic turtle. The 64 year old artist lives a very modest life in a tiny kampong with his wife, but is rich with happiness living out his dreams as an artist. He has held 11 exhibitions so far. [Read more...]

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Cutting Through Layers of Photographs to Reveal Other Times and Spaces

Tuesday 08.05.2014 , Posted by
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Capturing multiple photographs in exactly the same place, but not quite the same situation, German artist Michel Lamoller places the images into a stack. Then he cuts through to the layers below, selectively revealing portions of the scene and merging them into one image. The result is an incredibly different view of our world, one that not only overlaps time, but space as well. [Read more...]

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