Data + Design Project

Cartography Typography: Chicago Poster Company Maps Cities, Lakes, And A Few Human Organs

Friday 09.20.2013 , Posted by

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Starting with her design of a Chicago map hanging on her living room wall, Jenny Beorkrem wondered if other people might also want to hang the poster on their wall. Working a day job as a graphic designer, Beorkrem began Ork Posters with just a few sales on Etsy.  She learned to screenprint, produced more posters, and then some blog writers started to take notice. This spike of interest gave her reason to expand her offerings and create more designs. Since its beginning in 2007, Ork Posters now offers 26 maps – with the Bronx just added this past August. Although Ork Posters has scaled up to accommodate the number of orders, they are still printed locally in Chicago.  [Read more...]

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“How To” Escalator: A Smart Traffic Control Proposition for the Busy London Underground

Wednesday 09.18.2013 , Posted by

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There are few things more frustrating in London than getting on the busy Underground at rush hour… and perhaps the most annoying aspect is getting stuck behind the hoards of tourists heading to Harrods or Heathrow. For any newcomer to London, the novelty of the Underground quickly wears off, and you’re just happy to get out of the cramped, armpit filled train they call “the Tube.” What frequently causes this annoyance? It’s not always the size of the crowd, but how it moves. Only a select few in London seem to know which side of the escalator, walkway or even pavement is the fast lane. It’s not uncommon to be stuck behind 5 giggling, shopping bag toting tourists standing on the left of the escalator for example… and there’s nothing worse than that when you’re on the way to work (my sincerest apologies for the month it took me to figure these things out!). What’s the solution? [Read more...]

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Locks of Lettering: Human Hair Typography by Monique Goossens

Monday 09.16.2013 , Posted by

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If you have long hair like me, hair balls in the shower drain and garbage can after cleaning out the brush are a common occurrence. In this clever series, designer Monique Goossens transforms those commonly overlooked hairballs into typography. She shapes the clumps of hair into letters and leaves stray hairs radiating off of each one so that its material is obvious. The Amsterdam based artist studied Interior Design and Styling at Academie Artemis and became interested in the relationship between photography and design, so she continued her studies at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. [Read more...]

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Smith Allen Studio Introduces 3D Printed Architecture to the World

Sunday 09.15.2013 , Posted by

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Since 3D printing technology has been introduced, we’ve seen it used for high heel shoes, skateboards, photo booths that make a miniature 3D figurine, and even 3D holograms of unborn babies. The possibilities for this line of machinery seem endless and Smith Allen Studio is taking things to an even larger scale with the world’s first 3D-printed architecture. The Oakland-based duo that comprises Smith Allen Studio is Bryan Allen and Stephanie Smith and their latest structure called Echoviren is made up of 3D-printed bricks. The white bio-plastic structure, which measures 10x10x8 feet, stands proud amidst a forest of Redwood Trees, and will safely decompose in 30-50 years. [Read more...]

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Visualizing the Fires of Yosemite: Interactive Graphics, Maps, and Photos

Saturday 09.14.2013 , Posted by

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Nearly 400 square miles have burned as a result of an August 17th campfire that went awry.  After three and a half weeks of battling the blaze, the wildfire is now 80% contained, and costs estimates are totaling $96.2 million. The LA Times reports, “The blaze has destroyed at least 11 homes and 97 outbuildings, according to the Forest Service. More than 3,000 firefighters were battling the blaze.” [Read more...]

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These Are Things Reveal More Than Just a Greeting Card Line at WMC Fest

Thursday 09.12.2013 , Posted by
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We all love the story of the underdog. Or, the story of the underdog achieving. But the story of the underdog triumphing, but then stumbling and falling and scuffing their knees over and over again? That’s a little hard to take. [Read more...]

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10 Spectacular Wooden Churches From Russia

Wednesday 09.11.2013 , Posted by

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In Mother Russia, wood is an important resource for survival and life… well, at least in the old days that is. For over a thousand years, almost everything was made from the strong trees in the country. These included houses, mills, barns, palaces, plows, carts and churches. Up until the 18th century, many beautiful domed structures were designed and built in the country, with The Russian Orthodox Churches being particularly beautiful. To cap it off? They were all built without hammer and nails. [Read more...]

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Where’s My Flying Car?! The Best and Worst Examples of the Last 100 Years

Wednesday 09.11.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes life offers you some pretty fun compromises. When I was 14 my dad gave me an amazing offer: get braces, or get a pilots license. As many people would guess, to this day I have an awesomely crooked grin. Flying is a great pastime and gives you a new perspective of the world, opening up remote locations that would take hours or days to access by car… if you can get there at all. There is one glaring issue with flying however: once you land to that blazingly hot parking lot they call an airport, how do you get where you really want to go? Enter the flying car or roadable aircraft. [Read more...]

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The Inspiring Artwork of Paper Engineer Matt Shlian (and How It’s Inspiring Nano-Scientists)

Monday 09.09.2013 , Posted by

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Matt Shlian started school as a ceramicist… but it was only when he realized that he was “interested in everything” that his work really took off. He creates sculptural artworks from flat pieces of paper that show the incredible diversity of the medium while creating beautifully inspiring forms. They are also doing something rather surprising: inspiring scientists. [Read more...]

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Charting the Beatles: Nerdy Designs Indulge in Obsessive Minutia about the Fab Four

Friday 09.06.2013 , Posted by

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For the past three years, Pop Chart Lab has been producing stellar infographics on a ridiculous range of subjects. Graphics include such topics as beer, kitchen utensils, and superpowers. PCL’s business goal reads, “to render all of human experience in chart form.”  Last week, the Brooklyn based company released Volume 3 in their series of infographics about the Beatles, completing a nice little set. [Read more...]

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