Data + Design Project

The Vancouver Aquarium’s Smart New Ad Campaign

Monday 06.03.2013 , Posted by

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The Vancouver Aquarium is doing it right… especially when it comes to their recent ad campaigns. Using the lethal combo of interesting scientific facts and smart/funny ad placement, they are making a real splash around the Canadian city. You know you’ve got a hit campaign when people stop just to photograph your ads! [Read more...]


Exquisite Paper Sculptures Map Historic Events

Tuesday 05.28.2013 , Posted by


It’s easy to admire Matthew Picton’s paper sculpted maps simply for their fine craftsmanship and close resemblance to the famous cities they represent – but you’d be missing so much hidden in the details. Beyond the exquisitely folded ribbons of paper forming the delicate maps are tales from each city’s storied past: floods, fires, wars. Each element has been carefully researched and woven into the final sculpture, from the paper used to create it, to the destruction Picton often revisits on the cities. [Read more...]


The Beauty Recovery Room

Monday 05.20.2013 , Posted by

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In South Korea it is no longer considered risky or extravagant to go “under the knife” and “beautify” yourself as a woman. Instead, as photographer Ji Yeo points out, “plastic surgery has become an integral part of Korea’s current culture”, and an often necessary step in the process of self improvement. In her latest photo series, Beauty Recovery Room, she captures women resting in their hotel room directly after their intensive procedures and waiting for the healing to begin. Although these images and the idea of going through such a process is perhaps shocking, all of these women had endured multiple procedures and planned for further augmentations in the future. [Read more...]


7 Shocking Google Earth GIFs of Human Impact on Earth

Friday 05.10.2013 , Posted by


There’s no doubt about it, humans have reshaped the earth more in the last two hundred years than at any other time in our history… and the last 25 years are no different. Now Google has released a new “interactive map experience” which allows users to view archived satellite data over the last quarter century and in doing so they are giving us perhaps the most clear and valuable view of our recent impact on earth. “We believe this is the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public,” Google said in a statement [Read more...]


An Interactive Map of North American English Dialects

Friday 05.10.2013 , Posted by

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Because of the massive popularity of Hollywood movies, most people in the world (including Americans) assume that people in the US all sound like they’re from California, and in particular Southern California. This intensely detailed map created by linguist Rick Aschmann in his free time, tracks the highly diverse dialects in North American English, from the soothing drawl of the American South, to the broad-A’s of Boston. To back up his many examples, Aschmann’s large map is interactive, allowing users to click on locations to see Youtube videos or listen to audio samples featuring people speaking. [Read more...]


RCA Secret: Can You Spot a Famous Artist in the Crowd?

Thursday 04.18.2013 , Posted by

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It’s not very often that you get to purchase a famous artists work at a bargain price. Most of the time those are the stories we here about in the news: “Picasso purchased for $26 at yard sale – new owner as surprised as the world.” The long running RCA Secret offers you almost the same chance. The annual sale, hosted by London’s Royal College of Arts, featured 2700 postcard sized artworks this year, some from students, others from often famous invited guests. The catch? The name of the artist is only revealed after you buy the piece. So, can you spot a Paula Rego at 20 paces? [Read more...]


Pecha Kucha Night: The Presentation Series in Posters

Wednesday 04.17.2013 , Posted by


Since its inception in 2003, Pecha Kucha has gone viral around the globe. The clever format of short talks gives the creative and interesting people of our world a platform to express themselves… while staying extremely concise. Presenters at each event are given just 20 seconds each to describe 20 slides. This short 8 minutes gives a Pecha Kucha Night the informal and spontaneous feel of something special and very personal. With all the creativity that flows from these events, we thought we’d share some of our favorite recent posters from the now 10 year old series. [Read more...]


Vintage Panorama Honors NYC Historic Landmarks

Monday 04.15.2013 , Posted by

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For people who haven’t visited, the Queens Museum of Art houses one of the most fantastic treasures of New York City… at least for the map obsessed. Their “crowning jewel” is the Panorama of the City of New York, a massive (no, behemoth!) model of the city built for the 1964 World’s Fair that covers a staggering 9,335 square feet (867 sq meters). The model includes every single building constructed before 1992 in all five boroughs, encompassing 895,000 individual structures. Now this historic map is being used to highlight the cities landmark historic districts and encourage preservation in a city known for its vibrant history. [Read more...]


How Fast the US Became Obese: Animated Map

Thursday 04.11.2013 , Posted by

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It’s no secret that the US has a weight problem, but do you know how fast the country got fat? I’ll be honest, when I first saw this map animated by The Atlantic, my jaw literally dropped when it reached the 2000s… many states explode from around 20% obesity to over 30%. In just my lifetime (I was born in 1980) the whole US has gone from a relatively thin country to a place where the norm in many areas is to be overweight to obese. [Read more...]


Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Drone Attacks Interactive

Saturday 03.30.2013 , Posted by

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The US has been waging war in the middle east for over 10 years now, making the combination of conflicts in the region the second longest war in our history. This is due, in part, to something new to our war making stategy: drone attacks. These non-manned flying machines allow the government to wage war without the risk of losing American military, while at the same time lowering the financial cost to wage such a conflict due to fewer deployed soldiers. Their are hidden costs to these tactics however, as this shockingly affective interactive graphic from Pitch Interactive makes abundantly clear. [Read more...]

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