Data + Design Project

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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This Two Legged Boxer Has a Great First Day at the Beach

Tuesday 04.01.2014 , Posted by
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A boxer going by the name Duncan Lou Who was born with only two legs… but that’s not slowing him down one bit. This video of Duncan’s first trip to the beach isn’t sped up, it just shows how incredibly fast he is, and the amazing balance he uses to get around on just his two front legs. [Read more...]

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Toronto’s Anti-Ford Posters Are Hilarious… But Are They Doing More Harm Than Good?

Tuesday 04.01.2014 , Posted by
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Toronto has some fascinating new mayoral candidates, and they’re promising to “just smoke pot as mayor, not crack” and never get caught urinating in public. “Wait,” you say, “aren’t those two things incumbent mayor Rob Ford has allegedly done while in office?” Yes, yes they are. These poster feature fake candidates with the tag line “Anyone’s better than Rob Ford.” It’s a hilariously pitched ad campaign, featuring characters who look as questionable as their statements. But is it going to help the anti-Ford constituents? [Read more...]

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J.J. Abrams Creates Limited Edition Mystery Box

Thursday 03.20.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a fan of LOST creator J.J. Abrams, you may have seen his incredible TED Talk that centers around a mystery box his grandfather gave him a long time ago. Abrams has never opened the box, but kept it nearby as a source of inspiration in his life and work.

Now Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have teamed up with Theory 11 to give you the same sort of inspiration, in the form of handcrafted lock box created from beautiful reclaimed wood. [Read more...]

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5 Great Reasons To Read Hunter S. Thompson

Friday 03.14.2014 , Posted by
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I have loved Hunter Thompson’s writing ever since, in high school, the film of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas starring Johnny Depp turned me on to the book of the same name. You don’t forget a sentence like, “We were somewhere around Barstow when the drugs began to take hold.”

And you shouldn’t dismiss him, as some critics have, as a sloppy, self-indulgent, drug-ingesting hack. He took a lot of drugs, drank too much, loved guns and women (and excess in general) – he was a bit of a maniac to be sure, an imperfect character if there ever was one… and it is unfortunate that these facts obscure his real talent. Here are some of the best reasons why you should read his books and take him seriously. [Read more...]

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Heading to SXSW? Check Out Column Five’s Unreal Paper Craft Animation

Friday 03.07.2014 , Posted by
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The crafty people at Column Five now have offices in California and New York, so what better way to announce their country spanning convergence on SXSW this week than this stellar paper craft animation? Whether you prefer mustard covered hot dogs, fresh zesty tacos or a juicy rack of ribs, the short animation will keep your eyes well pleased and your stomach… well… fiber filled. It’s paper after all. [Read more...]

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Dear Viral Marketing Company Behind ‘Real’ Hoverboards: Stop Playing With My Emotions!

Tuesday 03.04.2014 , Posted by
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When Back to the Future II launched in 1989 there were a load of people convinced that Hoverboards were real. I was one of them. As I thumbed through the back of magazines like Popular Science, desperate for news about when they’d be released, my enthusiastic young mind saw me hovering through the park and even shooting across water – I’d have POWWAHH of course! Now a group calling themselves HUVrTech are saying they’ve created REAL hoverboards, and they’ve got Christopher Lloyd (yes, Doc Brown), Moby and even Tony Hawk (yes, TONY HAWK) backing them up [Read more...]

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Oscar Nominees Posing On the Runway… with Younger Versions of Themselves

Sunday 03.02.2014 , Posted by
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As the stars hit the red carpet for the 2014 Oscars, it’s time to reflect on where they’ve been before… right there on the red carpet. There are a surprising number of nominees this year who have already walked the carpet, and a number who have won before too. This collection of doctored photographs plays on that theme, putting famous stars right next to their younger, but already famous, selves. [Read more...]

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Mini Museum Makes History Portable

Thursday 02.27.2014 , Posted by
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In my wildest dreams, my home would be filled with amazing relics from our planet’s history. My shelves would be filled with things like dinosaur fossils and lunar rocks, constant inspiration in every room.

So that may never happen. But now I can have small pieces of those extraordinary things in one portable little display. [Read more...]

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