Data + Design Project

Photos of Bizarre Post-Soviet Era Buildings

Monday 02.03.2014 , Posted by
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Photographer Frank Herfort had one mission when he embarked on a 15,000 mile road-trip tour of post-USSR countries: to capture the most bizarre architecture in the land. After the Soviet Union fell, many cities previously under communist rule began to build grandiose, colorful structures – many with the intention to impress and symbolize a new day. Herfort traveled from Moscow to the Russian/Chinese border on the eastern side and everywhere in between. [Read more...]

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THE GAP: Ira Glass’ Encouraging Words for Aspiring Creatives

Saturday 02.01.2014 , Posted by
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This. Is. So. True. Speaking to the creative person in all of us, Ira Glass, the much loved host and producer of the radio and television show This American Life, sat down with Current.tv a few years back and delivered one of the most motivating and inspiring dialogues you can hear. Now, Daniel Sax has interpreted a portion of that talk in his own fantastic visual language, using a host of props and lots of brilliantly placed typography to tell the powerful story. [Read more...]

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Moleskine Releases Simpsons Special Edition Notebooks

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Simpsons, Moleskine has released a special collection of notebooks. [Read more...]

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Mexico’s Olympic Ski Uniform is the Tightest Mariachi Suit You’ve Ever Seen

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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When it comes to olympic uniforms, it’s hard to get more political than Germany’s or as wacky as the Norwegian curling team – but when it comes to downright cool, look no further than Mexico’s Olympic ski uniform. You’ve never seen a mariachi suit this tight before! [Read more...]

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Wearable Tech Game Changer? A ‘Scrunchable and Washable Digital T-Shirt’ That Displays What You Want

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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The idea of digitally customizable clothing has been around for a while now. From spiky LED covered fabrics, to a stunning liquid filled dress with alternating colors, most have failed in one important aspect: wearability. Who really wants to pull on a shirt strewn with chunky, uncomfortable LEDs? That’s where the latest version of tshirtOS looks to be a real wardrobe changer. Unveiled today in a collaboration between SWITCH and Ballantine’s Whisky, the makers claim that the shirt is not only programmable and washable, but also flexible enough to be scrunchable – which appears to make this customizable garment ready for the clubs and the streets. [Read more...]

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‘Railway Resort’ House for Sale Has Its Own Mini Railroad with Tunnel and Trestle

Monday 01.27.2014 , Posted by
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It’s official, somebody is selling my childhood dream house – and it only costs $3.5 million! This incredible (and incredibly different) estate on 19.67 acres features a passenger carrying miniature railway, complete with tunnels, a towering two-way wooden trestle, and a train storage barn filled with exquisite diesel and steam locomotives. Yes, this is a train hobbyists dream come true – and surprisingly it’s been done with impeccably refined taste. [Read more...]

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Abandoned Sixties Lounge is in Need of Some Love

Monday 01.27.2014 , Posted by
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Out in the vibrant city of Lisbon, Portugal remains an architectural gem that is in need of some tender love and care. Originally a thriving hip restaurant, the building is now an abandoned shell – with a surprising amount of style remaining. It provides one of the most spectacular views of the city skyline and of the surrounding landscape. [Read more...]

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Happy 30th Anniversary Macintosh! Celebrate with this Massive Chart of Apple’s Legendary Products

Friday 01.24.2014 , Posted by
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30 years ago today, a shaggy haired young man wearing a bow tie unveiled a product that would change the world – it was Steve Jobs and the now legendary Macintosh. After an insanely intense final push to bring the small computer to market, he lifted the first Mac out of its tan bag and turned it on for an ecstatic audience… and no wonder.

The Macintosh brought the graphical user interface and computer mouse to the mainstream, made computers more accessible to non-nerds, and did it all from one slickly designed package. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this momentous event, we bring you Pop Chart Lab’s “Insanely Great History of Apple” – a poster that documents all of their products, successful or not, from the Apple I up to today’s iPads and iPhones. [Read more...]

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A Very Rare Book Opens 6 Different Ways, Reveals 6 Different Books

Friday 01.24.2014 , Posted by
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Book binding has seen many variations, from the iconic Penguin paperbacks to highly unusual examples like this from late 16th century Germany. It’s a variation on the dos-à-dos binding format (from the French meaning “back-to-back”). Here however, the book opens six different directions, each way revealing a different book. It seems that everyone has a tablet or a Kindle tucked away in their bag (even my 90 year old grandma), and so it sometimes comes as a surprise to remember the craftsmanship that once went along with reading. [Read more...]

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Rémi Noël Takes Batman to Texas, Creates “The Least Precise Map” of the Lone Star State

Friday 01.24.2014 , Posted by
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Quick! Who would you most like to go on a road trip with? Batman? Okay.

Small French publishing house Poetry Wanted has created “the least precise map of Texas in the history of Texas” as the beginning of their collection “This Is Not A Map“. [Read more...]

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