Data + Design Project

Cosmic Animations Capture A Surprising Reality

Friday 01.06.2012 , Posted by

When I first ran across these cosmically captivating animations by Ignacio Torres, I was sure the sparkling clouds in the images where created on a computer… it really surprised me when I found out they are actually made of colored dust and reflective confetti! Torres, a recent photography graduate from the University of North Texas, began the project with the idea in mind that all human life is ultimately made of cosmic matter, the result of a stars death. [Read more...]

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Location-Aware Albums are Like Real-Life Soundtracks

Thursday 01.05.2012 , Posted by

Imagine walking through a public space and having your music change as you stroll, fitting perfectly with each new setting like a soundtrack to your life. Can you picture it? Want it? Then check out BlueBrain’s location-aware albums.

To promote their latest tracks, BlueBrain, a Washington, DC-based music group comprising two brothers, launched a series of iPhone apps that play the band’s latest tracks according to the geographic location of its listeners in Manhattan and Washington. [Read more...]

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Television Lets You Reach Inside, Control the Action

Thursday 12.29.2011 , Posted by

You remember Wonkavision from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, right? Well that portal like ability to reach in and manipulate things inside your television has just become reality… or pretty close. Media student Jayne Vidheecharoen from the Art Center College of Design in California has designed a prototype TV that converts physical hands into virtual ones when users put them in the back of the television, allowing them to manipulate what’s on the screen. Fun stuff! [Read more...]

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PBS Off Book: Mini Docs on Product Design to Book Art

Thursday 12.29.2011 , Posted by

PBS never fails to impress me with their high quality, thought provoking programming… even here on the internet. Their ongoing web-based series of mini-documentaries, Off Book, explores the diverse world of creativity, where they’ve covered everything from the subcultural craftiness that is Steampunk, to the fashion sense of the art community. [Read more...]

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Trailer & Leaked Footage of the New Batman Movie!

Monday 12.19.2011 , Posted by

Warning: Spoilers!

Six minutes of footage for the new Batman movie coming out in 2012: The Dark Knight Rises. The 6 minute Prologue was released this past weekend to select audiences and this is so far is the clearest version out there. Watch it now before Warner Brothers takes it down! Scenes include the new villain Bane (Tom Hardy) and his escape and a brief glimpse of Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Batman (Christian Bale). Watch at your discretion. [Read more...]

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Watch Out For Falling Bar Graphs!

Wednesday 12.14.2011 , Posted by

We get a real kick out of data visualization here at Visual News, so when we ran across these disaster themed commercials featuring an avalanche of falling bar graphs and molten pie chart pools striking the city, we had to laugh. Produced by Anonymous Content, the series is titled It Can Happen and features one clever hook of a catch line at the end. The first advert is quite a bit more effective in our opinion, featuring no dialog to distract from the data disaster befalling the city, while the following two examples rely on witty dialog to more obviously convey the point. Which ever you prefer, the animations are well done and highly effective. [Read more...]

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Dancing Pieces of Paper in Stop-Motion

Tuesday 12.13.2011 , Posted by

Scraps of paper come to life, dancing and transforming in Steven Briand’s captivating short films. Also known as Burayan, the Paris based director uses combinations of live action and stop motion to create seamlessly flowing pieces of video art. Here we bring you two of his newest pieces, Friction and Protéigon. [Read more...]

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Astounding Illustrations Brought to Life

Wednesday 12.07.2011 , Posted by

“It all began with the ominous death of a fox:” so begins the beautifully illustrated book Pincel de Zorro. An whimsical tale from Spanish author Sergio A. Sierra, the Japan based tale is complimented by wonderfully complex illustrations by Meritxell Ribas using a unique technique called grattage: paint is scraped off the page with a pointed tool, leaving only the canvas beneath. [Read more...]

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4 Silly Animations to Make You Smarter

Wednesday 12.07.2011 , Posted by

In some countries, higher education is publicly funded by taxes. In others, the smart or athletically talented can get scholarships and the rest get student loans… but in many cases a university level education is just out of reach. Whether it is distance from a good university, the high cost to attend or a lack of time with other obligations, most people around the world never have the opportunity to receive advanced degrees. [Read more...]

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Real or Computer Generated? You Be the Judge

Thursday 12.01.2011 , Posted by

With the advent of modern day computer animation tech, it has become harder and harder to tell the difference between real and make believe.  On the converse, in some cases real images seem to look fake because of the amazing clarity we can achieve. Louie Schwartzberg is an award winning cinematographer that has been pushing the limits of cameras and video for the last 30 years.  Using time-lapse, super slow motion and a slew of other techniques, he achieves some of the most incredible images caught on film: images that blur the line between reality and the digital world. [Read more...]

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