Data + Design Project

Would You Wear It? Bacon Belts and Noodle Necklaces Made Like Japanese Food Samples

Monday 12.01.2014 , Posted by
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Walk into many Japanese eateries and you’ll see delicious food on display. It’s there to give you an idea of what’s on the menu, but don’t try to take a bite. The realistic food is completely fake. Food samples have been an iconic part of Japanese culinary culture for a long time, but now the artful creations are being turned into wearable jewelry and accessories. Would you wear it? [Read more…]

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Erik Solheim Took 3888 Pictures of His Yard to Capture The Four Seasons in One Image

Monday 12.01.2014 , Posted by
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Eirik Solheim spent an entire year capturing the changing seasons from one window of his house in Oslo, Norway. The artist, hacker and all-around interesting fellow was using an old SLR set to capture one image every 30 minutes for the whole year (this was back in 2010). When the year was over he selected 3,888 images from the 16000 total (to match the 3888×2592 pixel resolution of his camera). Then he used a custom script to take the first line of pixels from the first image, the second line from the second image, and so on. In the resulting picture, we see January on the left and December on the right. The whole year arrayed in one-pixel-wide slices. Fantastic. [Read more…]

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Cirque de Soleil’s Balance Goddess Lara Jacobs Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Sunday 11.30.2014 , Posted by
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As if walking a tightrope weren’t difficult enough, Swiss Balance Goddess Lara Jacobs does it in high heels! She began practicing circus arts, gymnastics, and ballet when she was just 5 years old and toured as a trapeze artist with her parents when she was 6. She moved from Switzerland to attend the Alvin Ailey Dance Centre in NYC when she was 16. Traveling with Cirque de Soleil’s Amaluna, Jacobs performs an act that her father created and performed himself around the world for 15 years. One breath at a time, she balances a feather on 13 palm leaves, which weigh over 40lbs. She keeps the entire mobile structure steady while picking up new pieces to add to it in the most breathtaking performance. [Read more…]

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Large Origami Mirror Box Creates A Kaleidoscopic Experience

Saturday 11.29.2014 , Posted by
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The best part of a fun house is always the funny mirrors. Seeing yourself stretched out or fattened up by the bend of a mirror is quite entertaining. Parisian artist Mattia Paco Rizzi has created an installation piece that rivals these fun mirrors, multiplying your image in a kaleidoscopic fashion. His interactive origami mirror piece, which he calls “Taumascopio” made an appearance at the 2014 Kanal Playground Festival in Brussels, Belgium. Aside from the view point at which you look at the piece, the temperature also changes the reflective effect, creating unique images throughout the day. [Read more…]

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Hyper-realistic Drawings on Wood Boards

Friday 11.28.2014 , Posted by
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I see a LOT of hyper-realistic work these days, but when I ran across these creations by Ivan Hoo, they actually fooled me for a minute. Look at the two Starbucks cups below and you’ll see what I mean (no they’re not the same). [Read more…]

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On Black Friday, This Flow Chart Asks: Should I Buy This?

Friday 11.28.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re not already standing in line today waiting to score some sweet deals, this flowchart might just give you second thoughts on this all-American of shopping days. Should you buy it? Or should it stay on the shelves? [Read more…]

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Take a Guided Tour of the Crowded Airspace Above the UK

Thursday 11.27.2014 , Posted by
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At this time of year nearly everyone is winging off to see their family, and in the UK that means seriously busy airspace. Welcome to a typical day in the UK, where 6,000 flights, from commercial to military and general aviation, share the skies over the country. Air traffic control company NATS has created a beautiful, near immersive, visualization detailing all that traffic. The complex work they do is impressive. [Read more…]

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What It Would Look Like If Famous Artists Used Thanksgiving Food Instead of Paint

Thursday 11.27.2014 , Posted by
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As you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, or round two or three, allow these images to inspire your plating. Rather than covering them in heaps and piles of food, artist Hannah Rothstein decided to turn Thanksgiving dinner plates into works of art. She chose 10 artists that were easily recognizable and used their signature styles to plate traditional Thanksgiving foods. While most of us could only think of the Jackson Pollock, Rothstein shows off her painting skills and creativity in this perfect Turkey Day homage. [Read more…]

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What Happens When You Remove the People from Classic Paintings?

Thursday 11.27.2014 , Posted by
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Our eyes have a special place for the human face and figure. In almost any image we see, that’s where our eyes go first. But what if those eye-catching humans were removed? Spanish artist José Manuel Ballester did that with his series “Hidden spaces” (Espacios occultos), removing all the people from classic paintings to reveal the scene left behind. You’ve never noticed the background like this before. [Read more…]

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Kevin Peterson Paints Innocence in a Sometimes Difficult World

Wednesday 11.26.2014 , Posted by
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Children are so innocent when they are young, but as they grow up in the wild world, they discover the behaviors of the humans who have lived longer. It’s hard to hold on to that sweetness once possessed. Artist Kevin Peterson explores this contrast, painting the innocence of a young girl growing up in a broken world. On his large canvases, we see young girls in their pretty dresses against a harsh backdrop of concrete walls covered with graffiti and worn posters. [Read more…]

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