Data + Design Project

This Lux Planetarium Watch Tracks the Orbits of the Planets

Wednesday 02.12.2014 , Posted by
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If you need a little perspective on where you are in your day, this might be the watch for you. Called the Midnight Planétarium, it features six of the solar system’s planets and an astounding 396 moving parts to make them orbit accurately. From Mercury’s quick 88-day orbit around the sun, to Earth’s 365 day trip (you knew that right?), the watch finishes with Saturn and its 29.5 year circle around the sun. Blazing a circle on the outer ring is a shooting star. [Read more...]

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Mapping the Running Routes of Major Cities… and the Secret One’s You Don’t Know About

Monday 02.10.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re like many of us data hungry people, you don’t just go running anymore. While you’re listening to your tunes pounding down the pavement, you’re also tracking where you are, how far you’ve run, how fast you’re going and even your elevation… all with a smartphone app. While that data on ourselves is highly useful, there’s often a big piece missing – everyone else. Nathan Yau, the statistics obsessed fellow at Flowing Data, recently pulled the pubic user information from the fantastic app Run Keeper, giving us a look at the popular running routes of major world cities… the results are fascinating, informative and reveal juicy runner secrets. [Read more...]

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What Can We Do if Climate Change Is Inevitable? This Fascinating New Website Gives Us the Data

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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This is one of the most important articles I will write this year, and it’s only February. Climate Change is a fact of life in our world, and one that increasingly makes itself known through natural disasters, crop failures and economic impacts. Being human however, it’s easy to think that everything is normal – status quo. [Read more...]

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Looking Back at the 90 Year Evolution of The Winter Olympics Poster

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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The XXII Winter Olympic games have just begun in Sochi, Russia. Since the first Winter games took place in 1924 there are many things that have evolved; from an increase in the amount of competing countries, to the variety of the sports included… and it’s all reflected in the style of the official Olympic posters announcing the event. The designs for the games have changed drastically through the years, mirroring the fashions and trends of the time. [Read more...]

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Real-Life Objects Get Digitized, Remixed, and Beautifully 3D Printed Back into Reality

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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M Plummer-Fernandez is taking everyday objects, 3D scanning them with a digital camera, digitally distorting them and bringing them back into reality with a 3D printer. The result are objects that look like they popped off the screen – strangely bridging the gap between the distant past and the near future. [Read more...]

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Spell It With Beyonce: Illustrated Alphabet Celebrates Beyonce’s Career

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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Is anyone still objecting to Beyonce being the Queen? Of everything? Didn’t think so.

To celebrate the queen of the music charts, artist Vivian Loh created a full alphabet made of “Beyonces.” [Read more...]

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Map Painter Fernando Vicente Explores The Art In Cartography

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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While completely useless to a lost global traveler, Fernando Vicente’s map paintings offer a spectacular visual relief. A Madrid-based painter and illustrator, Vicente uses delicate vintage maps as canvases in his “Atlas Series.”  The artist illustrates human faces, animals, and skulls on the maps, allowing the geographic boundaries of each to shape the contours and shapes of his subjects. In dark, lush gestures, he seamlessly orients an ancient profile on the outline of Spain and imagines a rearing elephant’s trunk on the tip of South America. [Read more...]

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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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