Data + Design Project

Is This What Classic Disney Films Would Look Like Today?

Thursday 11.06.2014 , Posted by
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There’s a distinct difference between classic Disney animations and the films like “Frozen” that we see today. Older films were hand animated, and feature a distinctly flat cartoonish appearance, but today’s computer animated films are a world apart. Their atmospheric realism is so convincing it almost looks like the real world. Video game character artist Tyson Murphy has been updating these classics making us wonder, “what if those older films were made today?” [Read more…]

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Wild View From Inside A Water Bubble In The Microgravity of Outer Space

Thursday 11.06.2014 , Posted by
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If you spent your childhood dreaming you would grow up to be an astronaut and didn’t, this video will make you want to take out a loan to get one of those 20 newly available reservations on the first Virgin Galactic space flight. This past summer 2014, on the International Space Station during Expedition 40, astronauts recorded their exploration of water surface tension in microgravity. Pushing a Go-Pro Camera into a softball sized ball of floating water, they got a view from inside the bubble as well. They also recorded the wild phenomenon with a 3-D camera, another version you can view here if you have stereoscopic red/blue 3-D glasses. [Read more…]

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Lions and Foxes and Meerkats, Oh My! DIY Paper Sculptures of Geometric Animals

Thursday 11.06.2014 , Posted by
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German artist Wolfram Kampffmeyer studies Computer Animation, but now his 3D creations are jumping out of the digital world. “If you are sitting in front of the computer all day watching your virtual models, you start wishing to hold them in your hands,” he writes. So he created a colorful menagerie of faceted creatures that you can build yourself, with just a little craftiness and a glue stick (much like Steve Wintercroft did with his geometric paper masks or MostLikely did with lampshades). [Read more…]

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Famous Novels Transformed into Book Art

Wednesday 11.05.2014 , Posted by
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Tokyo-based artist and designer Tomoko Takeda doesn’t just read books, she turns the famous literature into fantastic works of art. Her series ものがたりの断片 (Story Fragments) cuts down into the pages themselves to reveal the story in physical form. She says she makes books not just to read, but something to enjoy looking at. [Read more…]

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Fashion Without A Budget: The Most Stylish Hobo in The Ukraine

Wednesday 11.05.2014 , Posted by
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You don’t need a closet, or even a home, to be fashionable. In the city of Lviv, Ukraine there is a homeless man named Slavik who makes style a priority. Through the lens, Ukranian photographer Yurko Dyachysyn captured Slavik’s daily fashion forward outfits. [Read more…]

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A Magically Colorful House in the Woods

Wednesday 11.05.2014 , Posted by
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Over the past few years artist Kat O’Sullivan (aka “Katwise”) has been transforming her Woodstock, New York home into a rainbow of crazy colors. I don’t even think we’ve seen a cartoon this bright before, but strangely enough, it fits into the natural landscape wonderfully. The place is now surrounded by wildflowers and appropriately called “Calico”. [Read more…]

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Origami Meets Mathematics In These Unbelievable Hand-Folded Designs

Tuesday 11.04.2014 , Posted by
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Sometimes it’s hard for non-math people to understand how anyone could be so passionate about it, but these tangible examples of mathematical topics make it easy for anyone to see the complex beauty. Using math to understand the laws behind paper folding, Professor Thomas C. Hull has created some origami sculptures that seem impossible. The geometric work above, called Pleated Multi-sliced Cone, was a collaboration between Hull and world renowned origami artist Robert J. Lang. Lang used a computer program called Mathematica to design the concept and crease pattern, which artist Ray Schamp printed on elephant hide paper, them Hull spent around 20 hours, over the course of 2 weeks, folding it into the final structure. In the video below, Hull discusses the implications of origami to show mathematical concepts and projections for the future of origami. [Read more…]

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This New Acoustic Instrument Sounds Like a Digital Synthesizer

Tuesday 11.04.2014 , Posted by
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This new stringed instrument from Turkish musician Görkem Şen bridges the gap between the unplugged goodness of acoustic instruments, and the space aged sounds of a synthesizer. But don’t be fooled, this is purely acoustic – no electricity is involved.

He calls his creation the Yaybahar, and plays it with a variety of methods from striking and stroking the horizontal springs with a mallet, to percussion techniques on the two round drum-like membranes, or plucking, strumming and using a bow on the vertical strings. The Yaybahar provides such a wide range of sounds – from beautiful to grating – that we could see it creating all sorts of compelling new music. [Read more…]

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This Annual Report was Hand Sewn With Love

Tuesday 11.04.2014 , Posted by
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Unless you’re obsessed with tables of numbers, most annual reports are about as thrilling as… well, tables and numbers. Add some well honed creativity however, and they can be seriously compelling. Take this example from the women empowering crew at Krochet Kids. In this case, the report’s art and even data visualizations are very appropriately hand sewn with thread – and it’s beautiful. [Read more…]

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With Just a Light Gesture: Italian Quarry Boss Drops Huge Blocks of Marble

Monday 11.03.2014 , Posted by
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Filmmaker Yuri Ancarani spent nearly a year filming the marble quarry on Monte Bettolgi in Northwest Italy. The otherworldly landscape of stone is captured in his documentary “Il Capo” (The Chief), which focuses on the quarry boss and his silent gestures which direct the action. Under his guidance massive blocks of marble are cut from the mountain and fall with a ground shaking crash. Captivating and surprisingly satisfying. [Read more…]

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