Data + Design Project

See America: Neo Vintage Travel Posters by Steven Thomas

Saturday 05.17.2014 , Posted by
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Illustrator Steven Thomas has created a series of posters that echo the unique style found in the travel posters of the 1930s and ’40s. His series “See America” is as affecting as the originals – beautifully encouraging people to get outside and visit America’s National Parks. The new “neo-vintage” posters made by Thomas include such wonderful places as Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Joshua Tree and The Badlands. The works were commissioned by New York based photographer Douglas Levere and his company Print Collection. [Read more...]

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Bulbing: A Hip New Table Lamp

Friday 05.16.2014 , Posted by
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Coming from Tel Aviv, Israel is a new style of lamp called “Bulbing” to decorate your living space. Deceptively it appears to be 3D, but in reality it is completely flat. Designed by Studio Cheha, their Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed its fundraising goal four times over. With 15 days left to go, there are already over 1,300 backers supporting the hip new design. [Read more...]

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Inspired by the Spike Jonze Film “Her”, this Documentary Explores the Emotional Side of Technology

Thursday 05.15.2014 , Posted by
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When Spike Jonze’s film “Her” hit theaters, many people were struck by the timely relevance of its story. It seems with each passing day we interact more closely with the technology around us, and even if we aren’t talking late into the night with our computers just yet, that and other possibilities seem just around the corner. In response to the film, Motherboard, in association with Microsoft and Warner Bros. is asking a question: “How can human emotions inspire new interactions with technology and each other?” The answer comes in the form of the 2 part documentary Captivated by Her. [Read more...]

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After English and Spanish, What’s the Most Common Language in Your State?

Wednesday 05.14.2014 , Posted by
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Did you know German is the third most spoken language in Colorado, or that it’s Hmong in Minnesota? What’s the third most spoken language in your state?

This map is too interesting. Yes, most people in the US speak English in daily life, followed down the list by Spanish in all but seven states… but what comes third? This map from Slate details some surprising results and points to drastically different histories of immigration across the US. [Read more...]

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Calamity Plates: A New Take On Classic Porcelain Dishes

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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Classic white porcelain dishes with cobalt blue designs have existed in households for centuries. Each plate typically tells a story, and in past times it would even provide cordial conversation at dinner parties when the nice dishes were brought out. While the dishes are a nice addition to any household, even one that can be passed on from generation to generation, graphic designer Don Moyer thought they needed a bit of a “modern touch.” [Read more...]

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A Man With a Very Big Heart Repurposes Trash to Make Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Friday 05.09.2014 , Posted by
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In Oakland, one compassionate artist named Gregory Kloehn, with the help of many others in the community, is turning trash into treasure for the homeless. He gathers various materials from dumpsters, curbs, and commercial waste to create tiny mobile shelters. Like snowflakes, no two homes are exactly alike- they are even uniquely painted, but they all have a roof to shelter from the rain and wheels to take them wherever they need to go. Many of the homeless people in Oakland have had all of their belongings swept up by police abiding by Oakland’s public safety laws and Kloehn is hoping his mobile home designs will circumvent this issue. [Read more...]

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With The Most Drool-Worthy Objects Made From Chocolate

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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Willy Wonka had the right idea when he imagined a world made of chocolate. Humans have been obsessed with this delicious substance for over three thousand years,  and recent studies advocate for its numerous health benefits. Today, artists, sculptors, and food designers are raising the bar on what forms this sweet treat can take – and they are taking chocolate way beyond the convenience store shelf. From marbles to shoes to pencils and more, these chocolate confections pose as ordinary and familiar items, reimagining our world as antioxidant-filled and decadently sweet. Just try not to take a nibble.  [Read more...]

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Visage: A Visualization Tool that Democratizes Good Design

Tuesday 05.06.2014 , Posted by
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Visage is a new platform that enables non-designers to easily create beautiful, on-brand visual content such as data visualization, reports, presentations and infographics in a single web interface. It looks to become one of the best methods for making the message in your data impactful, communicative and yes, very beautiful. The goal of Visage was simple: democratize good design, and put it in the hands of everyone.

Visage provides a platform for creating compelling presentations and reports typically out of reach to non-designers or those who can’t afford a design agency price tag. With an elegant drag-and-drop interface, easy customization of color schemes, and the ability to quickly revise data and layouts, Visage handy improves on common tools in the visualization market. [Read more...]

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Living Between Buildings: A Bold and Smart Solution for Crowded Cities

Tuesday 05.06.2014 , Posted by
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In an increasingly crowded world were people are choosing more and more to live in cities, it’s no wonder space is at a premium. What do you do when there’s little room left? Designers Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann have a clever solution: live in between the buildings. [Read more...]

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Essential Reading: Mason Currey on the Importance of “Daily Rituals”

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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Recently, I decided to revisit one of the books that made me want to write about creativity, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. I wasn’t disappointed. [Read more...]

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