Data + Design Project

Ad Ethics: When to Take Leo Burnett’s Name Off the Door

Friday 01.27.2012 , Posted by

Just what exactly makes a company “good,” especially when that company is an advertising agency? Leo Burnett, founder of the eponymous ad agency, had a pretty good handle on the answer to that question back in 1967 when he made his retirement speech titled “When to take my name off the door.” Now, on the 75th anniversary of the firms beginning, a Brazilian design studio has made a stylish retro animation to celebrate the executive behind such iconic advertising campaigns as the Pillsbury Doughboy, Tony the Tiger and the Marlboro Man. If you’re addicted to watching Mad Men like so many others, this fellow is the real deal. [Read more...]

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Starwars Uncut: The Full Film Now Online!

Tuesday 01.24.2012 , Posted by

Three years ago on a computer not so far away… a plan was hatched to create a completely open source version of Star Wars: A New Hope, using the members of the internet. Envisioned by Casey Pugh, that vision became Star Wars Uncut, a crowdsourced version of the cult-classic film created by fans around the internet. Casey invited them (and you) to create 15 seconds of the original movie, to be combined with other 15 second tributes into a full length internet extravaganza. The resulting film – Star Wars Uncut: Directors Cut. [Read more...]

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When Books Play at Night

Tuesday 01.10.2012 , Posted by

Sean and Lisa Ohlenkamp like to re-organize book shelves and make snappy animations. See their latest example below set to custom music as they re-organize a book store in Toronto. Beautiful and rhythmic; it’s all for a love of books. [Read more...]

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Abbey Road Gets A Live Webcam!

Monday 01.09.2012 , Posted by

Few if any street crossings can claim the same world renown as the one on Abbey Road. The famous “zebra crossing,” known for gracing the cover of the Beatles 1969 album Abbey Road, has become something of a pilgrimage for fans the world over. They arrive daily to capture similar pictures of themselves crossing the street in iconic Fab Four fashion, sometimes by themselves, sometimes in groups numbering in the hundreds. Now Abbey Road Studios, the building credited with most of the Beatles albums and single recordings (along with many acts like Pink Floyd and Badfinger) has installed a live webcam facing the famous street crossing. [Read more...]

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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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