Data + Design Project

There’s Something Grimm About These Photos

Tuesday 02.11.2014 , Posted by
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Once upon a time, there lived a photographer named Kilian Schönberger – and while he is not a character from your favorite fairy tale, his very real images spin some otherworldly fantasies. Working in Cologne, Germany, the photographer’s own backyard serves as the source for his “Brothers Grimm’s Homeland” series and captures the woodlands and waterfalls that served as a backdrop for many infamous folktales. [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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The Sochi Project: Documenting the Location Before the Games

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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While watching the glory of the Olympic games unfold, it’s interesting to reflect on the dynamic area where the games are taking place. The Sochi Project is a documentary photography work initiated in 2007 by Rob Hornstra and writer Arnold van Bruggen. The two were baffled by the decision to hold the games in an area where mere miles separated playboy Russian millionaires and bleak war zones, and where facilities for staging such a massive world event were largely nonexistent. [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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Abandoned Market Hides A Stained Glass Wonderland

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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You’ll find a full spectrum of hues in this wondrous market-turned-greenhouse. Located in Toluca, Mexico, this majestic Art Nouveau-style building was originally built in 1910 and housed the city’s first market. When the market closed in 1975, local artist Leopoldo Flores imagined a vibrant, verdant future for the historic site.  [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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Then and Now: Brothers Recreate Old Family Photos with Charmingly Awkward Results

Wednesday 01.22.2014 , Posted by
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Designer Joe Luxton and his brother have been recreating childhood family photographs as their adult selves. Like so many things, we’ve seen this concept a number of times before, but there’s really something about the attention to detail and awkward situations these two have remade that sets this collection apart. [Read more…]

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Beautiful Frozen Lighthouses on Lake Michigan

Thursday 01.09.2014 , Posted by
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If there’s one place you don’t want to be standing in a storm, it’s right next to the frigid waters of Lake Michigan in winter. Then again, on the sunny day following the storm, it’s downright beautiful. Photographer Thomas Zakowski recently hit the shores of the massive lake with his camera, aimed at capturing the fantastic lighthouses that dot the shore. His images of the ice covered towers and their surrounding piers are simply stunning. [Read more…]

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Courageous People Write Their Insecurities on Their Bodies

Tuesday 01.07.2014 , Posted by
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In our ever more social world, it’s not always easy to be honest about your true self. Standards of perfection are increasingly prevalent – communicated to us on Facebook, Instagram and the web as a whole. “Be the best that you can” they seem to say, but along with that message comes “don’t share your shortcomings.” Steve Rosenfield’s What I Be Project attacks these societal issues face-on, challenging his subjects to put their insecurities out in the open for all to see. It’s an incredibly courageous thing to do. [Read more…]

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22 Pictures of Famous People When They Were Young

Monday 12.30.2013 , Posted by
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We only find out about famous people when they get, well, famous… so it’s often surprising to see who they were before the spotlight hit. Here we bring you a collection of youthful photographs, capturing some of the most influential figures of the past century. There are revered leaders, infamous dictators, talented musicians and more – all before their unique abilities and upbringing made an impact on the world. [Read more…]

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