Data + Design Project

Cartography Typography: Chicago Poster Company Maps Cities, Lakes, And A Few Human Organs

Friday 09.20.2013 , Posted by

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Starting with her design of a Chicago map hanging on her living room wall, Jenny Beorkrem wondered if other people might also want to hang the poster on their wall. Working a day job as a graphic designer, Beorkrem began Ork Posters with just a few sales on Etsy.  She learned to screenprint, produced more posters, and then some blog writers started to take notice. This spike of interest gave her reason to expand her offerings and create more designs. Since its beginning in 2007, Ork Posters now offers 26 maps – with the Bronx just added this past August. Although Ork Posters has scaled up to accommodate the number of orders, they are still printed locally in Chicago.  [Read more...]

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Finding Humans In Nature: Surreal Cerebral Trees

Sunday 03.24.2013 , Posted by

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In a stunning series of digital illustrations called Nature, Igor Morski takes your imagination on a journey that reveals hidden human figures in “natural” settings. The Polish graphic designer creates a human facial profile shaped slice through the flora of various biomes to reveal a single tree resembling the brain with the trunk acting as the brain stem. The vibrant pictures conjure up thoughts of the inter-connectedness of humans with all forms of life on Earth. In other images, Morski creates feminine faces from branches and foliage, perhaps to represent Mother Nature or the essence of nature’s femininity. [Read more...]

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Music Video Shows MRI of Artist while Singing

Monday 02.04.2013 , Posted by

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In this video directed & edited By Adam Powell, British music artist Sivu goes into an MRI machine, singing his song “Better Man Than He” for an unconventional kind of film. Inspired by the work of a small London Charity called CLEFT, who research children born with cleft palate and lips at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, the artist became “obsessed with the idea of capturing images without conventional cameras/lenses – This seemed like a perfect opportunity to capture something somewhat unique and take a glimpse into an amazing & fascinating world.” With the help of Doctors Marc E. Miquel & Andrew D Scott this music video was made possible. Watching the tongue and brain move as Sivu sings is completely mesmerizing and I’ve been walking around with this cool song stuck in my head ever since. [Read more...]

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How Do Our Brains Semantically Map the Things We See?

Sunday 12.23.2012 , Posted by

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At last- neurological research that doesn’t take a brain surgeon to understand it! Researchers from the Gallant Lab at UC Berkeley placed subjects under an MRI while they watched videos with thousands of items labeled by words. They were able to map which part of the brain was stimulated by each word and noticed that similar objects were grouped close to one another. With their research data, they created the first interactive map of how the brain organizes these categories. Interestingly, all of the different people shared a similar semantic map. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #210> Art That Twists Your Brain

Wednesday 06.13.2012 , Posted by



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New Tech Gets Control of Your Moneybrain

Thursday 11.17.2011 , Posted by

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With all of the Occupy Wall Street talk about division of wealth and the continued concerns about the world economy, it might seem like a good time to start depositing more money in a savings account… but for many, saving that money for a rainy day is a very difficult challenge. You came here for good news though, right? Recent studies have been revealing parts of the brain that encourage some of us to be better savers than others, and now a new technology might be able to bring out the rational money saver in all of us. [Read more...]

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Charlie Rose: 13 Episodes On The Brain Series

Thursday 11.10.2011 , Posted by

In his excellent “The Brain Series,” Charlie Rose interviews some of the worlds foremost scientists and researchers working to uncover the secrets behind one of sciences final frontiers: the human brain. The 13, one hour episodes in the series cover subjects as diverse as decision making and mental illness, to what it means to be social. The series also explores how new knowledge is helping to treat illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. Below you’ll find a trailer taste of the series, then head to charlierose.com to see the full episodes [Read more...]

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Your Brain: Introduction to the Default Mode Network

Friday 11.04.2011 , Posted by

Do you ever wonder what your brain is doing when you space out? Doctors around the world are looking into what happens when our minds go on “Default Mode” and, as this video points out, the findings are pretty surprising. Not only does activity go up in many quieter regions of the brain, but they may serve surprisingly important purposes. With the more we learn about the quieting of the brain, the more practices like meditation or simply spacing out in the shower look like they are good things for your head [Read more...]

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The Divided Brain: A Explanation of Left and Right

Wednesday 10.26.2011 , Posted by

In this entertaining, beautiful and profound animation, psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist expounds on the uniquely ‘divided’ human brain. He details how this split in our heads was differently understood in the past and how it has altered our behavior, culture and society over time. So much insight you’ll need to use the pause button… a lot!

The audio in the video is taken from a lecture given by Iain McGilchrist as part of the RSA free public events program. The full lecture can be found here [Read more...]

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Building The Supercomputer Brain

Thursday 05.19.2011 , Posted by

The beauty, power and diversity of the human brain is astounding, and Henry Markham — a neuroscientist at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland — has assembled a team of nine top European scientists to aid in the research effort of building a computer model of the human brain. Markham believes this feat can be accomplished in a decade. The Human Brain Project aka ‘Team Frankenstein,’ is currently seeking a £1billion ($1.61 billion US) grant from the EU to aid in the project. [Read more...]

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