Data + Design Project

12 Streamlined Rides from the Age of Art Deco

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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From the ’20s to the ’50s a streamlining craze swept the world. Inspired by the rise of the airplane and driven by the need for more efficient vehicles, automakers and dreamers around the globe began sculpting cars into aerodynamic forms with beautifully sweeping lines. Here, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite designs from the golden age of streamlining. [Read more...]

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Liter of Light: Bringing Sustainable Light to Developing Communities

Thursday 09.25.2014 , Posted by
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Back in 2011, we covered the organization Liter of Light and their mission to bring sustainable light to the Philippines by using plastic bottles. Now, three years later, it is amazing to see what has been accomplished and where the organization is going next.

While originally launched with a grant from the MyShelter foundation, the main proponent behind the movement has been social entrepreneur Illac Diaz. His approach is simple: instead of importing solar products to bring light, he develops the lights locally so that repairs and replacements become simple. [Read more...]

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Jennifers and Michaels: Two Maps Reveal the Most Popular Girls and Boys Names Over 6 Decades

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever been in a class surrounded by people with the same name, they were probably on this map. Jezabel put together two utterly fascinating GIFs tracking the most popular boys and girls names over the last six decades – and it’s an epic battle of popularity. [Read more...]

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Jump For Joy! Photographs of Figures In Flight

Monday 09.22.2014 , Posted by
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Forget looking before you leap. In his series Gravity, London-based photographer Tomas Januska captures imaginative, energetic, and completely weightless bodies in midair. [Read more...]

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This Japanese Spa Proves Coffee, Wine, Green Tea, & Sake Aren’t Just For Drinking

Friday 09.19.2014 , Posted by
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While we’ve heard about the antioxidant benefits of drinking a glass of red wine per day, there are other ways of using the reservatol to reduce environmental damage to your skin. In fact, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt is rumored to have bathed in wine, and at a resort in Hakone, Japan, you can also receive the royal treatment. Yunessun Spa Resort is the largest wine spa in the world and offers a variety of liquid soaks for various skin benefits. [Read more...]

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4 Lessons From the Life of Orson Welles

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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Orson Welles has a varied reputation depending on who you ask. He lived many lives. Some cite his egotism and success as a Broadway theater director during the Depression. Others mention his War of the Worlds broadcast which, according to legend, scared the living daylights out of the American people and convinced many that they were truly being attacked by aliens. Some cite his genius directorship of the ‘greatest movie ever made,’ Citizen Kane. Finally, others mention his uneven and difficult later years; his battles with studios, his ads for California wine and weight gain, and his lack of finished projects. [Read more...]

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How Have We Changed? The Same Locations Filmed 100-Years-Later

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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A lot of the world has changed in the past 100 years, but a lot has stayed the same too. Dutch photographer Frits de Beer has re-shot the locations of a vintage film featuring his home city, Alkmaar as it appeared a century ago in 1914. This simultaneous glimpse at the past and present reveals just how much things have remained the same for certain places in the world – especially when it comes to architecture. [Read more...]

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This Incredible Artist Doesn’t Let Cerebral Palsy Stand In His Way

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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Although holding a pencil steady was not an option for Paul Smith, he found a way to create beautiful dimensional drawings using a typewriter. The incredible typewriter artist, who lived with cerebral palsy for 85 years, didn’t let his lack of coordination, speech problems, and difficulties with mobility keep him from expressing himself. Holding his right hand steady with his left, he used the symbols on the numbers with a clamped shift key to create his beautiful pictures. Paul Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passed away in Roseburg, Oregon 7 years ago, but his legacy lives on and continues to inspire people all over the world. [Read more...]

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Why Did This Woman Use Photoshop to Convince Her Family She Went on a Trip To South East Asia?

Thursday 09.11.2014 , Posted by
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Most people that plan a trip to South East Asia… actually go. But not Zilla van den Born. She skipped out on all the travel to create a highly provocative school project that’s making waves around the internet. Why did she do it? [Read more...]

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Crumbling Soviet-Era Architecture from a Photographer Accused of Espionage

Thursday 09.11.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not every day people go urban exploring in Russia, but English photographer Rebecca Litchfield did it. Over 10 trips into previously Soviet regions she ducked behind fences, risked radiation exposure, was arrested, interrogated and even accused of espionage – all in the name of documenting the relics of the fallen Soviet Union. Her collection of images and the book she recently published are titled Soviet Ghosts. [Read more...]

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