Data + Design Project

Pesky Potholes Transformed Into Exciting Surprises

Thursday 05.08.2014 , Posted by
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Right up there with parking enforcement officers, potholes are one thing people love to hate. They normally go unnoticed until you bust your tire on one and for many people this can really turn a good day bad, so in Scranton, PA, an art company decided to create a new association for potholes- something much more cheery and fun. The Pop Up Studio began letting their creative juices flow right into the potholes to make them something to smile about. They started filling them with ice and beer and the community got quite a kick out of it. So they invited everyone in Scranton to participate, and the ones who best “positively fill negative space” can win 4 new tires or car washes for a year! [Read more...]

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Who Knew Disney Janitors Made Art With Their Mops?

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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Redditor TheVantasy made a splash recently when she revealed a little known fact about the janitors at Disney World: they draw cartoon characters with their mops. That’s right, while they’re out cleaning up after the hoards of people who visit the park each day, they also take the time to stop and entertain the unsuspecting folks around them. We have to hand it to Disney on this one – sometimes their ideas truly are magic. [Read more...]

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Seven Tweets. Seven Years. How One Man is Learning Twitter.

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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To learn something well, you’ve got to have patience. Justin “Bimmer” has that in spades.

He’s tweeted 7 times over the last 7 years… and he’s starting to get the hang of it.

His website isn’t too bad either: Explosions and Boobs (that’s fairly self explanatory). [Read more...]

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Visage: A Visualization Tool that Democratizes Good Design

Tuesday 05.06.2014 , Posted by
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Visage is a new platform that enables non-designers to easily create beautiful, on-brand visual content such as data visualization, reports, presentations and infographics in a single web interface. It looks to become one of the best methods for making the message in your data impactful, communicative and yes, very beautiful. The goal of Visage was simple: democratize good design, and put it in the hands of everyone.

Visage provides a platform for creating compelling presentations and reports typically out of reach to non-designers or those who can’t afford a design agency price tag. With an elegant drag-and-drop interface, easy customization of color schemes, and the ability to quickly revise data and layouts, Visage handy improves on common tools in the visualization market. [Read more...]

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The Many Faces of Bill Murray: How Many Do You Know?

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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As far as actors go, you won’t find many more universally loved than Bill Murray. Whether he’s hilariously trying to blow up gophers in Caddyshack or wowing us with subtlety in Lost in Translation, his appearances are almost always memorable – even if they’re just momentary cameos. Now Steve Murray (no relation) has created an fantastic visual compilation for the National Post, capturing The Many Faces of Bill Murray over the years. It starts with The Rutles in 1978, finishes with his recent appearance in The Grand Budapest Hotel, and misses very few acts in between (only two early bits of voice work). Can you remember them all? [Read more...]

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Zen Float Tent – World’s First Affordable Isolation Tank For Home

Thursday 05.01.2014 , Posted by
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The benefits of sensory deprivation tanks are no secret: relaxation, deep meditation, soothing chronic muscle pain, increased athletic performance, and an overall sense of well being, but until now these benefits came at a pretty hefty financial cost. The average isolation tank costs $10-30k with the cheapest model available at $4,500, but now Zen Float has created a model that is available at a fraction of the price- just $1,700 and can be self-assembled after it is delivered to your door for free! Much lighter than the traditional models, the Zen Float Tent will weigh a little more than a water bed once you add the epsom salt and water and can be assembled in any room of your home so you can float whenever you want! With a single float session averaging $70 at most float centers, just 25 floats would cover the cost of this invaluable item. [Read more...]

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My Status is Not a Secret: A Bold New HIV Awareness Campaign and Interview with Parker Trewin

Tuesday 04.22.2014 , Posted by
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Three weeks ago, Column Five (a Visual News partner) launched a bold new HIV awareness campaign called My Status Is Not A Secret. Through a series of filmed interviews and a 45-minute documentary featuring a diverse cast of individuals speaking frankly about their experiences with HIV, the project seeks to give a face to a disease that ultimately affects us all. [Read more...]

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The Elevated Movement: A Hammock Company that Supports Artists, the Environment, and the US Economy

Sunday 04.06.2014 , Posted by
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Laying in a hammock is the epitome of relaxation, but without trees hammocks would just be blankets on the ground! That’s why for every hammock sold, The Elevated Movement will plant 2 trees. Aside from that environmental impact, this amazing company, founded by hammock aficionado Matthew Santens, also uses 100% recycled materials. The hammocks themselves are made out of plastic bottles, but you would never guess when you feel how soft and strong they are. On top of that, these are the coolest looking hammocks you have ever seen, with artist designs and Hubble Telescope images- or your own creation or photo- printed using high quality, vibrant sublimation printing. And the artists whose designs are available for purchase actually get 30% of the profit, which sadly is a rare occurrence for artists. [Read more...]

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A Modernist iPhone Amplifier Crafted From Hand Blown Glass

Thursday 04.03.2014 , Posted by
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We live in a strange age when ‘digital tech’ and the ‘local and handmade’ both have their own respective cultural movements. There’s a representative aesthetic and process common to each movement and  they very rarely cross paths. What makes this modernist design iPhone amplifier so unique is that each one is made individually of handblown glass – and we’ve got some amazing pictures to prove it! [Read more...]

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Visualizing Data Behind the Billionaires of 2014

Thursday 04.03.2014 , Posted by
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We’re three months into 2014, and the new roster of billionaires from around the world continues to evolve.

Just this year alone, we have seen 268 newly minted billionaires, 100 others fell from the list (the struggle is real) and 16 of them who passed away (struggle x2). The following infographic gives a visual abstract into the topic of being a billionaire in the year 2014.

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