Data + Design Project

Harvard Students Create a Printable Self-Assembling Lamp

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a child of the ‘80s, you might remember the Spielberg produced movie *Batteries Not Included. The imaginative film featured tiny, spaceship-like mechanical life-forms that could reproduce (and help rebuild decrepit apartment buildings). Now, it finally seems the age of self-assembling machines is upon us… or at least self-assembling lamps. [Read more...]

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Napkin Table: For Your Most Awkward Date, EVER

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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If your first dates aren’t ending up awkward enough, I think we’ve found your solution. The “Napkin Table” is the creation of industrial design students at Tunghai University of Taiwan – a device which loops around you and your partner’s neck, creating a table like eating surface in between. Yes, now any sudden neck/torso motions you were hoping to make are transferred to the tabletop of both you and your date. If romance is on the menu, you might give this invention a miss – unless the apple of your eye has an appetite for humor. [Read more...]

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The Beaches of Normandy in 1944 During D-Day and Now 70 Years Later

Friday 06.06.2014 , Posted by
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What a difference 70 years can make! 70 years ago today (June 6, 1944) World War II saw the beginning of the end as the beaches of Normandy were invaded by Allied soldiers for operation D-Day. Today the beaches are much more cheery with sunbathing tourists splashing in the water and playing in the sand. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Reuters photographer Chris Helgren released this series of images contrasting the Normandy Beaches then and now. [Read more...]

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Beautifully Repeating Skeletal Sculptures

Friday 06.06.2014 , Posted by
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Czech artist Monika Horčicová creates sculptures using the repeating forms of the human skeleton. Far from being creepy, her works are beautifully complex studies of a familiar form, revealed through the use of unusual orientations and numbers. [Read more...]

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8-Bit Watercolors of Famous Paintings

Friday 06.06.2014 , Posted by
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Somewhere in an alternate universe, the 8-bit graphics from old Nintendo and Atari games are meeting up with classic painters… or maybe that universe is right here. Adam Lister creates incredible reinterpretations of famous paintings, painters, pop icons and art world events using watercolors sectioned into distinctly retro digital forms. It’s a fun and revealing way to view the classics. [Read more...]

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One More Chance to See the Boulders of Santa Barbara With a Fancy Yarn Makeover

Thursday 06.05.2014 , Posted by
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The National Forest Service has invited the Yarnbomber AKA Steve Duneier and his team to decorate the boulders in the mountains of Santa Barbara one more time! The installation starts tomorrow, Friday June 6 at 7am and will disappear forever Sunday June 8 at 5pm. If you missed it the first time, now’s your chance to see the home-knitted coziness wrapped around massive hunks of nature. Duneier’s goal with yarn bombing is to get more people to notice nature. Where his bombings will take place and when are kept a secret until the very last minute and only lasts 9 days before it is taken down. [Read more...]

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This Lush Floating Billboard Cleans the Water Below

Thursday 06.05.2014 , Posted by
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Advertising that also serves the greater good? Now that’s something different. This floating billboard is covered in Vetiver; a perennial, non-invasive grass which has found popular used treating wastewater; even when it’s high in nitrates, phosphates and heavy metals. In this case it’s been used to spell CLEAN RIVER SOON, a hopeful message along the highly polluted Pasig River in the Philippines. It’s creators say systems like this have been shown to clean between 2 and 8 thousand gallons of water per day, and simultaniously, it creates a much more inviting place to stroll. [Read more...]

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This Guys House Was Robbed: Fight or Flight… or Whatever

Thursday 06.05.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not often that a home break-in story is exceedingly charming… but here you go. Rob Norman’s house was broken into, giving him the choice to fight or run away. He chose to do neither. [Read more...]

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Coral Reefs Made From Household Supplies Make For One Deep Clean

Wednesday 06.04.2014 , Posted by
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Ordinary domestic supplies become fantastic coral reefs in the hands of artist Lynn Aldrich. Born in Texas and currently working in Los Angeles, Aldrich artfully arranges sponges, bottle brushes, mop heads, and plungers to mimic colorful deep sea terrain. The squashy neon qualities of household cleaning materials perfectly reflect the porous, wacky, and weird contours found underwater. [Read more...]

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The Secret World Inside Your Dishwasher Revealed. Thank You Curious GoPro Owner.

Wednesday 06.04.2014 , Posted by
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Yeah, everybody’s been wondering about it, but now we have the answer. Just what happens inside a dishwasher when it does its work? Thankfully, a curious GoPro3 owner popped his camera inside for a peek as the washer completed a full cycle. Unless you’re one of those people who think “tiny men with brushes” do the cleanup, this video will make a lot of sense. There’s lots of splashing, spinning and cleaning… and you’ll never have to wonder about this secret side of domesticity again. [Read more...]

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