Data + Design Project

How Far We’ve Come: Pictures From the First Winter Olympics in 1924

Friday 02.14.2014 , Posted by
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As the thrill of the Winter Olympics sweeps the nations, it’s interesting to reflect on where we’ve come from… and it’s a surprisingly long way! The first Winter Olympics, held in 1924 in Chamonix France, featured just 250 athletes participating in 6 sports: skating, curling, ‘nordic skiing’, ‘bobsleigh’, ice hockey and a military patrol competition. While we’ve seen many new sports added to the games, what’s really striking about these images is the change in fashion… just check out those suit jackets in the speed skating competition! It’s a long way from the US’s ‘hobo chic’ snowboard jackets and Mexico’s mariachi ski suit! [Read more…]

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Travel Back In Time to the Prohibition Era at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island in NYC

Thursday 08.15.2013 , Posted by

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Twice a year on Governor’s Island, New Yorkers are given the opportunity to time travel back to the Prohibition Era. The event called Jazz Age Lawn Party encourages people to put on their finest Great Gatsby gear and party like it’s 1929! Photographer Driely S of Pelopelado shared with us her collection of photos from the last gathering, which highlight some of the best vintage fashions. The blast from the past party was started by Michael Arenella and grew from fifty friends and fans to being heralded as one of the most memorable events of 2011 and 2012 by The New York Times. [Read more…]

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Ladies: Think Your New Sparrow Tattoo is Rebellious? Yeah, it was in 1928.

Friday 08.02.2013 , Posted by

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Yeah, tattoos are pretty cool, but are they still rebellious? Unless you go full out and get a facial tat, there aren’t many designs that will shock the general public… maybe not even your grandma. That’s because even her generation was inking up, with a few badass women getting tattooed as early as the late 1800s. Seriously, check out Emma de Burgh! She traveled America and Europe showing off her exceptional Last Supper back piece. [Read more…]

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Mugshot Doppelgänger: Old Mugs Get Celebrity Faces

Friday 09.07.2012 , Posted by

We’re used to seeing the mugshots of celebrities on everything from TMZ to the latest grocery store tabloid covers… and whether we want to know or not, the stories of their problems seem to trickle down to us from the television, the paper or the the water cooler gossip at work. But, what if those familiar stories were removed from the context we are used to and placed in a past much like our own current era. These images take the familiar mugshot expressions of modern celebrities and place them on the mugshots of moonshiners, prostitutes and thieves from the 1920s. The vintage images have the effect of making us look at these modern miscreants with a new eye, perhaps reevaluating their humanity or even reimagining their storied pasts. [Read more…]

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Chinese Graphic Design from the 1920’s and 1930’s

Tuesday 05.08.2012 , Posted by

Nowadays it’s hard to imagine a time when graphic design didn’t involve sitting in front of a computer screen. Perhaps that’s why it is so intriguing to look through this collection of vintage Chinese graphic designs from the 1920’s and 1930’s. The illustrations come from the book Chinese Graphic Design in the Twentieth Century by Scott Minick and Jiao Ping. Lu Xun, who introduced modern woodblock techniques to China, influenced many of the design artists at the time. [Read more…]

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PAINTING WITH NUMBERS: REPRESENTING STATS WITH ART

Friday 12.30.2011 , Posted by

A new art exhibit opening at the London Transport Museum shows us that the use of data visualization (presenting information in visual form) is not a new concept. Running from January 6 through March 18, 2012, Painting by Numbers – Making Sense of Statistics will display a collection of 20 posters by artists such as Charles Shepard, Alfred Leete, and Heinz Zinram created as far back as the 1920s to commend public transport in London and/or too assure travelers that their hard-earned money would be put to good use, rendering valuable services to them, when they opted to use the London Underground. [Read more…]

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Why Can’t We Go Straight? An Animated Question

Tuesday 02.01.2011 , Posted by

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If you’ve ever closed your eyes while walking or put on a blindfold and tried to drive (bad idea), you will quickly find that it is impossible to go in a straight line. In this beautifully drawn animation, eloquently narrated by NPR’s Robert Krulwich, we see a history of attempts at tracking the standard human path while ocularly incapacitated. He asks the question: “why can’t we go straight?” [Read more…]

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