Data + Design Project

The Nostalgic Streets of Sao Paulo

Monday 04.30.2012 , Posted by

If you find yourself in Sao Paulo, Brazil, make sure to take notice of the stunning 3D perspective murals that fill the city. As you roam the streets you can catch a glimpse of history walking alongside you; murals of people from another time, old cars, and old buildings. These murals display a sense of realism that draw the viewer in to another time and give a sense of nostalgia for a bygone era. The artwork has been inspired by many different Mexican and Brazilian artists, but are painted by only one man. [Read more...]

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Layered Portraits From the Fourth Dimension

Wednesday 03.28.2012 , Posted by

It’s not often that we see collages which take us through four dimensions with a quick glance, leaving us not with just depth, but also with the passage of time. These complex and beautiful portraits from Brazilian artist Lucas Simões, explore the often forgotten aspect of time, taking multiple images of the same person and layering them into both organic and geometric sunken relief. [Read more...]

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Partying in Rio: A Tilt-Shift Carnival Film

Tuesday 02.28.2012 , Posted by

Music, costumes, masquerades, dancing, food and five days of all night partying describes Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Film director and musician Jarbas Agnelli, in partnership with photographer and filmmaker, Keith Loutit, set out to capture this amazing event on camera in a way it has never been seen before. In the five days of carnival, the pair shot 167,978 photos, then with masterful editing and a soundtrack composed by Agnelli himself, they composed a tilt-shift style video from their stills titled The City of Samba. The final product is nothing less than amazing. The original score fits perfectly with what is being seen and conveys all of the right emotions. Watching the video, you forget that they are still shots and the effect of the tilt-shift makes everything look like claymation. A genius way to change the regular perspective of a larger than life festival. [Read more...]

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Brazilian Suburb Gets Perspective Typography Murals

Thursday 02.23.2012 , Posted by

Madrid Spain based artist collective Boa Mistura recently gave a small corner of Brazil one very colorful and meaningful typographic makeover. Working with the inhabitants, including the children of Brasilândia Vila, a poor suburb on the outskirts of São Paulo, the team took the narrow streets and covered them with vibrent, colorful paint, leaving only the beautiful words beleza, amor, doçura, firmeza and orgulho (beauty, love, sweetness, firmness and pride) painted on the walls. The bold white typography is drawn in perspective down the narrow corridors, revealing itself to passerby for only a moment as they walk past the one location where the lines merge into the form of words. [Read more...]

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Flooding the Amazon for Ineffecient Energy

Monday 12.26.2011 , Posted by

The jaguar in position in the Xingu river at the site of the Belo Monte dam
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With a world full of over 7 billion people, many governments have trended toward desperate fixes to keep up with the increased needs of their people. Unfortunately the worlds ever increasing appetite for energy often comes at the cost of nature. In Brazil, yet another large scale energy project has been launched, the Belo Monte dam. It is planned to be the world’s third largest in installed capacity.  However, it will only produce 39% of its maximum capacity, so the majority of its effect on the environment will not even produce energy.  David de Rothschild, the adventurer behind the well-known Plastiki project, has started a new organization named MYOO to address environmental irresponsibility just like this [Read more...]

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The Timber Trade: Who is Supplying Our Wood?

Tuesday 08.23.2011 , Posted by

WWF International wants to point out that even in our modern world of plastics and metal, there are still a huge amount of products still made of “good, old-fashioned wood.” Countries like Brazil are quickly cutting down their valuable forests to supply an exploding world population hungry for everything from homes to broom sticks. This graphic details the five largest timber exporters and who is buying up their precious forests (all figures in global hectares). [Read more...]

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A Building Sized Animation Made With Post-Its

Wednesday 08.03.2011 , Posted by

World famous purveyor of plastic footwear, Melissa has recently put on a good show outside the front of their ‘Galeria Melissa’ in São Paulo Brazil. Photographed step by step and performed by 25 animators in five months, the U-shaped foyer to the building was covered with about 350 thousand Post-It Notes and filmed in stop motion as part of a launch for their ‘Power of Love’ campaign. As an additional bonus, on-street observers shared more than 30,000 spontaneous messages of love on the notes. [Read more...]

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My, what big teeth you have ‘Croc Dog’

Wednesday 07.20.2011 , Posted by

A newly identified crocodile species that lived 70 million years ago had very big teeth and a dog-shaped head—and used its long limbs to chase down prey. Named Pissarrachampsa sera, the fossil was discovered by a municipal worker in Cretaceous sediments in a small town in Minas Gerais, Brazil. [Read more...]

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Cord Sculptures: Soft Pop Art

Wednesday 04.20.2011 , Posted by

The sculptures of Brazilian artist Mozart Guerra are unlike any we’ve seen before. Over a base of Styrofoam Guerra uses lengths of brightly colored nylon cord to spirally wind the perfect heads of monkeys, geisha’s and wild animals. In uniquely mixing this modern medium with classic iconography he creates works that are both current and timeless.

Guerra gratuated from school as a architect, later putting his adept hands to work as a designer for theater, film and television in Brazil. Now enjoying his new calling, he has been living and sculpting in Paris since 1992.

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Uncontacted Tribes in the Amazon

Friday 02.11.2011 , Posted by


Showing the first-ever aerial footage of an uncontacted indigenous community, Survival, a tribal advocacy group has recently released moving images shot for the BBC’s show “Human Planet.” Living in the lush Peruvian rain forest, this remotely located people continue to live as did our ancestors from thousands of years past, sustaining themselves on a diet of mangoes, cultivated rain forest plants and dwelling in shelters made of palm fronds.

Now the Indians’ survival is in jeopardy. An influx of illegal loggers continue to wash over the border from Brazil and as these two people groups meet, the fear is that the loggers will not shoot images, but guns. [Read more...]

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