Data + Design Project

Sprouting Beards: Flora and Fauna as Fanciful Facial Hair

Wednesday 07.30.2014 , Posted by
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Merging the worlds of animal, human and plant life, French illustrators Violaine & Jeremy have created a surprising collection of pen illustrations that highlight facial hair in the most unusual way. Here, a gorilla sprouts a veritable menagerie of flora and fauna in beard-like form. Hidden amongst the foliage are tropical birds, butterflies, and of course, bananas. Without seeing it first, this would seem a bizarre combination – but realized with a skiled hand, their images strike an beautiful, if unexpected, harmony. [Read more...]

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The Closer You Look, The More You See. New Paper-Cut Masterpieces from Bovey Lee

Tuesday 07.29.2014 , Posted by
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It’s hard to believe, but each of these lattice-like pieces is hand-cut from a single sheet of Chinese xuan (rice) paper using an X-acto knife… and no rulers or stencils. They are the work of Pittsburgh-based artist Bovey Lee (we’ve admired her work before) who has been perfecting her precise craft since 2005. Her recent pieces feature dense frameworks of plant life, interspersed with the creations of the human world – a contrast she continues to explore [Read more...]

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Andrew Ohlmann’s Bizarre Looping Gifs

Sunday 07.27.2014 , Posted by
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Andrew Ohlmann is creating lovely animated gifs in his signature bold illustrative style, and each looping piece of art is mesmerizingly clever. His imagination has conjured up unnerving imagery that must be seen: hands with wavy knuckles, people with continuously peeling skin, and eyes that just won’t stayed glued to the head they’re on. It’s weird and wonderful stuff. [Read more...]

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Which New York City Cyclist Would You Be?

Thursday 07.24.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve been to New York City – or any metropolitan area for that matter – you’ve probably spotted a few of these cyclists. Artist Kurt McRobert drew up this fantastic taxonomy of NYC bicyclists for a Time Out New York feature; and from the chain smoking “hipster,” to the “weekend warriors”, his images have nailed every single stereotype. Be careful though: you might find yourself fitting comfortably into one of these descriptions. [Read more...]

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New Head-Remixing Work from the Superb Stefan Zsaitsits

Tuesday 07.22.2014 , Posted by
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Austrian artist Stefan Zsaitsits is still at it with his head-remixing surrealistic drawings. Is this a dream, is this just fantasy? Are his drawing getting even more trippy? We’ll let you make the call. [Read more...]

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Stunning Moths and Butterflies Made with Textiles

Tuesday 07.22.2014 , Posted by
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North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita is creating stunning textile versions of butterflies and moths that are nearly realistic enough to fool the eye. She uses a combination of fabric, fake fur, embroidery thread, fabric paint, wire and feathers on her soft sculptures – many of which measure a full foot from wingtip to wingtip. [Read more...]

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A Boatload of Animals Shines Light on the World’s Environmental Crisis

Tuesday 07.22.2014 , Posted by
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From the infamous damming of the Yangtze River, to sky obscuring smog in Beijing, and an incident when 16,000 dead pigs were found in the Huangpu River (which supplies Shanghai with drinking water); China has more than its share of environmental crises. Now, New York-based, China-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang is staging a major solo exhibition featuring 11 works that unapologetically highlight Earth’s current environmental and ecological crisis. The first of those pieces – The Ninth Wave – is featured here. [Read more...]

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Step Inside a Human-Sized Kaleidoscope

Monday 07.21.2014 , Posted by
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The 2013 Kobe Biennale featured an Art Container Contest, challenging entrants to build something spectacular within the confines of the standard shipping container. Designers Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki created something that enlarged that ‘confined’ space to one that was nearly infinite – a kaleidoscope large enough to step inside. [Read more...]

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Are They Real? Delicate Fairy Sculptures Made from Wire

Friday 07.18.2014 , Posted by
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UK sculptor Robin Wight is creating a magical world with wire. In dramatic lighting, his spirited fairies hold dandelions as they blow away and soar through the air. They look almost real – if you believe, that is. [Read more...]

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Faces Flow from Plumes of Ink in Water

Thursday 07.17.2014 , Posted by
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With the use of pigmented ink and paint spilling into water, South African artist Chris Slabber has created a pleasant series of images. Slabber captures the detailed liquid plumes as they emerge with high speed photography. Afterwards, he digitally manipulates them to blend in faces and figures. [Read more...]

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