Data + Design Project

Iconostory: Minimalist Designs Represent History

Sunday 06.16.2013 , Posted by

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From the big bang all the way to Usain Bolt’s 9.58 second hundred- meter dash record in 2009, French graphic designer René Mambembé takes us on a minimalist journey through history. With clean, simple designs to represent each major event, looking through his work is almost like taking a history quiz to see how many key moments you can identify. After the dinosaurs and the Ice Age, Mambembé starts with Cubism in the 1900′s and goes decade by decade highlighting the most memorable occasions, ending with some likely predictions for the 2010′s. Brush up on your history by trying to label each minimalist design as you scroll through! [Read more...]

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Hypothetical Pics: If Earth Had a Ring Like Saturn

Sunday 06.16.2013 , Posted by

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Have you ever wondered what our sky would look like if we had a ring like Saturn’s instead of our moon? Wonder no more because io9′s writer/ science illustrator Ron Miller has illustrated his predictions of what you might see from various spots on the globe. From the equator you would see a straight light beam perpendicular to the ground, as shown below in Quito, Ecuador. Further away from the equatorial plane, the rings would become a thicker arch as shown over Guatemala and Washington, D.C. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits # 455 > Live Long & Prosper: Vintage Photos

Saturday 06.15.2013 , Posted by

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The Top 10 Strangest Food Trucks

Friday 06.14.2013 , Posted by

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One of the best parts of living in a big city is the food options, but with rental costs so high for restaurant space some of the best chefs are cooking their signature staples out of food trucks instead. Sometimes just the delicious aroma can lure you to the food truck window, but in this case the trucks themselves are strangely alluring. Not all food trucks are created equally, and as Jalopnik shows in this collection of the Top 10 Weirdest Food Trucks, some vendors have gone above and beyond in “pimping their rides.” From The Angry Friar-a Double Decker bus with restaurant seating on top, to a lactose-tolerant Trekkie’s dream at Grillenium Falcon, and a Space Ship Cafe truck built from the fuselage of a Douglas DC-3 aircraft, these vendors aim to give you an experience unlike any other. [Read more...]

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Retro Travel Posters for Famous Movie Locations

Friday 06.14.2013 , Posted by

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As far as travel posters go, there have never been any to match the romantic versions from the mid-century. Starting with streamlined steamship and aircraft posters in the 1930s, the world was becoming smaller at an exciting rate. No longer did it take months to reach your destination, and no longer did it cost a fortune. If exploring nature was more your speed, the WPA pumped out a series of exquisite US National Park posters that make America truly look like the promised land. Now, South African illustrator MUTI has created a series of four posters channeling the spirit of those classic times into fictitious travel posters for famous movie locations. [Read more...]

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Iconic Spectacles: Eyeglasses of the Rich & Famous

Thursday 06.13.2013 , Posted by

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If you’ve ever worn eyeglasses for a long period of time then undoubtedly you know that crazy look people give you when they catch you without them- it’s like you’re some alien creature that they’ve never seen before but can’t stop staring at and commenting about how weird it is to see you that way. Some celebrities and movie characters are so closely associated with their eyewear that you could identify them by simply seeing their glasses. Italian Art Director & Multimedia Designer Federico Mauro has done an excellent job collecting examples of this phenomenon with a clean, minimalistic design style. Scroll through this collection slowly and try to guess whose spectacles you’re seeing before the answer is revealed.
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Home SWEET Home- A House Made of Caramelized Sugar

Wednesday 06.12.2013 , Posted by

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People who live in glass houses… probably never had a glass house made of sugar like this one. By caramelizing sugar at different temperatures, William Lamson was able to produce an array of colors, which he used like stained glass window panes for this beautiful Solarium. The one-room “house” was assembled at Storm King Art Center- one of the world’s leading sculpture parks in upstate New York. Surrounded by beautiful hills and trees in the distance on each side, the space was meant to be a meditative, plant conservatory/ zen garden that encourages reflection. [Read more...]

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Hipster Kits for Cult Classic Movie Lovers

Tuesday 06.11.2013 , Posted by

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Calling all hipsters! Paris-based artist Alizée Lafon has created a series of posters that are dying to be displayed on the walls of your Brooklyn apartment. The series, called Movies Hipster Kits, features illustrations of all of the essential props from your favorite cult classic movies and tv shows on a colorful background. But not just any colorful background- one surrounded by a border that makes it look like a Polaroid picture! Can’t get much more hipster than that! [Read more...]

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Binary Prints Appear Wildly Different at Day or Night

Monday 06.10.2013 , Posted by

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When we arrive in a new place at night, the world looks different. Colors – if we see any – are muted, and dark shapes dominate a landscape difficult to accurately decipher. When the morning comes and we see the same place again, it can appear completely different. Colors invisible in the night now appear bright or even florescent. Objects hidden in shadow reveal themselves. Why bring this all up? Because this new series of posters from Alex Trochut, called Binary Prints, turns the whole light/dark concept on its head, revealing far more at night than during daylight hours. [Read more...]

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Type in the Sky: Buildings Outline Cloudy Letters

Friday 06.07.2013 , Posted by

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Many of us look to the sky for shapes and creatures in the clouds, but in a city you don’t always have the best view of the sky. Creative designer Lisa Rienermann saw cloudy blue letters as she looked up beyond the buildings and found a way to create the whole alphabet. Using the buildings as borders for each letter, she captured 26 remarkable photographic examples of what she calls Type in the Sky. She received an award for this series from the Type Directors Club New York, which exposed her work to Mercedes and Renault who later used it for their advertising campaigns. [Read more...]

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