Data + Design Project

Nice Kicks: A Visual History of Nike

Thursday 07.26.2012 , Posted by

When it comes to footwear dominance, nobody comes closer to Nike. After more than 40 years of creating shoes designed for the athletically minded and the stylistically conscious, their shoes and their famous swoosh have been seen, envied and copied around the world. One of their many fans is Stephen Cheetham. This London based “illustrator / designer / graphic artist / whatever you want to call it” is a major sneaker / trainer fan and has thus created a series of crisp graphics showing many of Nike’s most iconic shoes from the 70′s through the 2000′s. The graphic ranges from their original Cortez running shoe in 1971, through their Considered BB of 2007. [Read more...]


The Curious Case of the Hue Shifting Movie Poster

Tuesday 07.24.2012 , Posted by

Since its inception over 100 years ago, a curious and clear shift has been striking the movie industry, or more exactly, the industry of the movie poster. Over the last century we have seen the posters advertising each years films, both large and small, take a decided shift in hue towards two specific colors. We might not know this without the interesting and comprehensively compiled color charts created by Vijay Pandurangan, but thanks to his inquisitive and diligent work, we can now easily see which colors have steadily gained prominence in the movie posters of today compared with those created at the beginning of popular film. There are easily two winners: orange and blue. [Read more...]


Visual Bits #234> It’s As Simple As A-B-C

Sunday 07.15.2012 , Posted by

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Freaky Friendly Monsters in a Retro World

Thursday 07.05.2012 , Posted by

From the imaginative mind of Madrid based illustrator Juan Carlos Paz (aka Bakea) comes an endearing world of very friendly freaks. Whether he’s illustrating, building or drawing, his works feature a familiar current: near cuddly creatures with no shortage of yellow, googly eyes. His surrealistic creations are in no way scary, but rather like the characters you’d find in Monsters Inc. – ready to make you laugh and be your buddy. [Read more...]


Portraiture in Collage: The Work of Charles Williams

Tuesday 07.03.2012 , Posted by

These portraits might appear a bit chunky at first, but just give your eyes a squint and a clear, realistic image pops out of the screen. Together, the sometimes linear, sometimes amoebic images make up the exciting work of graphic designer and digital artist Charles Williams. His portraits capture many famous world figures, and reproduce their likenesses with his uniquely layered collage style. While his work follows a unifying method, he frequently reworks the way it is implemented: some containing a cut fabric like treatment, others appearing to be made of paper… or in the case of his portrait of Mad Men’s Don Draper he breaks his shapes into non-layered fragments. [Read more...]


Atom Boy: An Artful Animation of the Molecular World

Monday 07.02.2012 , Posted by

Isn’t it great when inspiration strikes out of nowhere? Having no other plan than to do some “fun things” in Cinema 4D, graphic designer and producer Joachim Ljunggren found his simple experiments expanding into something much bigger. His artful piece Atom Boy takes us into a shiny world of molecular structures, bouncing around and bonding with each other in a stark white world. The resulting motion graphic short is intriguing in its clever transitions and physics along with its gorgeous lighting and squeaky clean reflections. [Read more...]


Eclectic Playing Cards Created by 52 Worldwide Artists

Thursday 06.21.2012 , Posted by

Next time you sit down for a game of poker, rummy or hearts, how about making that game far more artistic? This new deck of playing cards, called 52aces, is a collaboration between 52 artists around the world who have lent their unique talents to each of the cards in the deck. The unique ensemble cast come together to form one of the most interesting playing decks, one that could easily have you distracted from your game just because of the highly gripping art on each card. [Read more...]


Clients from Hell: The Video

Tuesday 06.19.2012 , Posted by

For anyone who’s worked in the creative world, there are always those clients who seem to stand out. Maybe they don’t know what a pixel is, or are set on telling you those complimentary colors don’t quite work together… or maybe their suggested payment method is a little unconventional. When working with people there are always good stories of the times communication just didn’t seem to flow: this video highlights some of the best of those moments from the design world, sourced from the painfully hilarious site Clients from Hell. [Read more...]


Facetted Figure Illustrations by Giampaolo Miraglia

Friday 06.15.2012 , Posted by

When you think of facetted geometric works, “soft” is rarely the thought that follows. Rome based designer Giampaolo Miraglia however, manages to create illustrations with just the right mix of both – geometrically facetted and silky smooth. He does this using a combination of carefully chosen harmonious color pallets along with warn textures overlaying the entire scene… and what scenes they are. [Read more...]


Projecto Olimpico: An Olympic Poster Series for Brazil

Tuesday 06.12.2012 , Posted by

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, are scheduled to take place in London, England, from 27th of July to the 12th of August. To commemorate this event, the Brazilian daily newspaper O Estado De S. Paulo enlisted the talents of graphic designer Emma Butler to create a series of posters to feature each of the sports Brazil will be competing in at the 2012 Olympics. [Read more...]

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