Data + Design Project

We Talk to Nick Pedersen About Ultima, His Fantastically Detailed Vision of the Future

Wednesday 03.05.2014 , Posted by
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Nick Pedersen has a vision of the future, and he’s revealing it to us through vast landscapes of a world after the “peak” of human civilization. His stunningly detailed works see humans in a not so distant time, surrounded by the ruins of society as we know it.

Here is a world filled with nuclear power plants long dormant; the rusting hulks of cruise ships that no longer sail; and even the remnant scribbles of street art no longer speaking. It’s not all bleak however – because despite the cold, nature has come back with abundance. [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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You’ll Never Believe That These Are Ballpoint Pen Drawings

Tuesday 03.04.2014 , Posted by
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Based in Shanghai,China, Wang 2mu (二木 王) is pretty handy with a ballpoint pen. The illustrator works mostly with blue and red ink to create intricately detailed designs that look as though they could be digital. His themes revolve around technology, childhood nostalgia, and domestic culture. The level of saturation and three dimensionality that he achieves with simple ballpoint pens is unbelievable. [Read more...]

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Shopped Tattoos: Celebrities Covered in Imagined Ink

Tuesday 03.04.2014 , Posted by
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Although perceptions are changing, there are still many people who respond to your ache for a tattoo with “You’ll never get a job” or “no one will ever take you seriously!”

Just tell that to the beautiful, powerful people in tattoo artist Cheynne Randall’s series Shopped Tattoos, like a royally purple-haired Kate Middleton.

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Brilliant Brazilian Ad Campaign Features Legendary Artists on the Dissecting Board

Monday 03.03.2014 , Posted by
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Art is an expression of what’s on the inside and now we can see what it was that gave Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent Van Gogh their signature styles. In an ad campaign for MASP Art School in Sao Paolo, Brazilian advertising agency DDB puts famous artists on the dissecting board to show how their insides are different from ours. Each artist’s internal organs are presented as he might have painted them. My imagination is running rampant with all of the possibilities for a continuation of this series. [Read more...]

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In the Belly of the Whale: Rest Hall at U of Seoul Made of Wooden Ribs

Monday 03.03.2014 , Posted by
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Tucked under the stark grey exterior of a building at the University of Seoul is a warm and organic place to rest. Called Rest Hall and nicknamed Hole, the inviting structure resembles the belly of a whale, complete with row upon row of wooden ribs. Walking into the central entrance, the cave-like space encircles you with the warmth of natural timber rings, with chambers opening to the left and right. [Read more...]

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Rise And Shine With These Monochromatic Breakfasts

Monday 03.03.2014 , Posted by
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Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day – and German graphic designer Fabienne Plangger suggests we eat it with our eyes. In collaboration with artists David Reiner, Sebastian Hierner, and Karin Stöckl on her “Monochrome Breakfast” series, Plangger arranges brilliant breakfast compositions that feature foods of a single color range. [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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BAG: A Peek Into the Private World of People of All Ages As Shown Through the Contents of the Bags They Carry

Friday 02.28.2014 , Posted by
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The items a person chooses to carry with them at all times can give clues to piece together their personalities. In a diptych series, which has been made into a book called BAG, photographer Ellie Brown photographs everyday people of all ages with their bags then asks them to open up their bags so that she can take a picture of the contents. She shows a dichotomous view view between each person’s public and private identity. A Boston-native currently based in Philadelphia, where she is a professor at Moore College of Art, Brown beautifully executed this concept conceived by Camille Thoman. [Read more...]

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“I Could Have Painted That” – This “Children’s Book” is a Perfect Satire of Modern Art

Friday 02.28.2014 , Posted by
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If there’s one thing in need of good satire, it’s the modern art museum. Thankfully writer and artist Miriam Elia was up for the task, and she’s created an absolute gem. Her book, We Go to the Gallery, mirrors the famous Ladybird Book line published as children’s books in Britain from the ‘40s to the ‘70s… but this edition might be a little more suited for adults… [Read more...]

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